Where Tottenham once had seemingly endless options in central midfield, they looked rather desperate throughout the majority of last season. The decline in form for both Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama, alongside the January sale of Mousa Dembele, left the club significantly short of options.
So, as the rumours begin to circulate, we take a look at the potential midfield ahead of next season.
In a fairly familiar scenario for Tottenham fans, the club seem to be linked with every player under the sun. With that in mind, most prominently are Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele, both of whom have received concrete interest (as per Sky Sports).
Indeed, the North London giants reportedly placed a £53m bid for the Argentinian midfielder earlier in the window, while they have now opened talks with Ndombele. Their initial bid for Lo Celso was turned down, while Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio has reported a bid for the French midfielder has also been rejected. Essentially, if Tottenham are to land even just the one, it will cost them a pretty penny.
With the club failing to make a single signing in the previous two transfer windows, it appears questionable that Spurs will splash quite so much.
But would it be so ridiculous for Tottenham to sign both Lo Celso and Ndombele? According to @SwissRamble, Tottenham made £88m on their run to the Champions League final and, additionally, Spurs announced record profits of £113m for the 2017-18 financial year, despite the costs of the new stadium.
Put simply, if Levy is willing to spend the money, it is obviously there. Furthermore, according to the London Evening Standard back in April, Spurs could sell up to 12 players this summer, potentially raising funds.
The Mirror have already reported Tottenham are willing to smash their transfer record twice this summer, adding they have no intention of paying the full asking price for either player.
With the £88m brought in from the Champions League, the £113m record profit and the money brought in from potential outgoings, is it really impossible that Tottenham could start with both in their midfield next season?
It would certainly be unlike anything we’ve ever seen from the club. Still, Pochettino has talked of a new plan and the tools might be there for Tottenham to start spending like one of the biggest teams in Europe.
Tottenham fans, will Tottenham splash the cash this summer? Will you sign both Lo Celso and Ndombele? And do these transfers depend on significant outgoings? Comment below.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!