The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club will make a huge statement of intent this summer before they complete their highly anticipated move into the new stadium.
Mauricio Pochettino’s silverware hoodoo continued last season during a unique campaign for his side which saw them play their home fixutres at Wembley Stadium. Tottenham’s temporary home has been partially blamed for the club’s failure to win the FA Cup, but they can have no excuses within the next campaign when they finally set foot in the new White Hart Lane.
Ahead of the stadium move, Pochettino has made the signing of Anthony Martial a priority according to the Daily Mail. The report claims that Spurs will step up their interest next week in a bid to reach a swift conclusion to negotiations.
However, with only £100 million to spend this summer, the signing of Martial would put a huge dent in the club’s transfer budget, so Pochettino should consider offloading Erik Lamela as part of the deal to drive the Frenchman’s price down. Naturally, the proposed deal relies on United’s interest in Lamela, but his hard-working attitude and willingness to track back for the team are qualities which Mourinho clearly values in his wide players.
With that in mind, Spurs should have an ideal opportunity to reach an agreement over a part-exchange swap deal which would hand the club a huge boost ahead of the new season. Although Martial is yet to reach his potential, he has shown flashes of brilliance and goal-scoring ability during his career in English football which suggest he will eventually blossom into a devastating player in the Premier League.
With trickery, flair, speed and finishing to bring to the table, there’s no doubt that Martial has the potential to light up the new stadium next season. The 22-year-old may have only managed to notch 11 goals in all-competitions last season but under Pochettino his record is bound to improve, so Daniel Levy should continue to enhance his reputation as a shrewd negotiator and offload Lamela in a swap deal for Martial.
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