Over to you Mauricio: Tottenham need their boss to work transfer miracles this summer on a relatively small budget.
It seems like just about everyone needs to rebuild next season to keep up with highflying Liverpool and Manchester City, and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will be expected to do so with a much smaller budget than other big-spending Premier League rivals. Again.
As per Telegraph, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is expected to give the go-ahead to a £30million move for midfielder Andre Gomes, who has spent the majority of the season on loan at Goodison Park with Everton from Barcelona. Given the club’s lack of top quality midfielders, we can more than understand this move – Spurs can only rely on Moussa Sissoko for so long.
The same report also suggests that Pochettino is keen on investing what would probably be a very large portion of his transfer funds on highly rated Nice right-back Youcef Atal, who would set the club back at least £34million.
For a side who already have Serge Aurier and Kieran Trippier at their disposal, though the latter is the subject of interest from Manchester United, it seems wasteful to not invest the money elsewhere in a position that demands more attention.
Tottenham ideally also need to sign at least one English player to ensure they comply with Premier League and Champions League home-grown player rules, with Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon and Jack Grealish two players who have been on their radar for quite some time now.
Targeting Atal could put both sets of plans in jeopardy, and is it really worth it? Yes, Trippier has been terrible this season, and yes under normal circumstances i.e. a giant transfer pot to play with, he would be out. But that isn’t the case, and Spurs need to spend more carefully.
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