With the transfer window now wide open, some of the Premier League’s big boys are making their moves early this summer and are splashing the cash to ensure they head in to pre-season with the strongest squad possible, ready to bed their new signings in before the big kick off in August.
Manchester City have spent upwards of £70m on two players, Chelsea look set to complete a £120m triple signing and other top 4 contenders such as Manchester United and Liverpool have also made signings of £30+ million.
Spurs, however, haven’t spent a penny so far. In what is now a regular occurrence in the Summer and Winter transfer windows, it seems as if the signings (if there are any?!) will happen towards the end of the window, rather than early on.
It is a topic which splits Spurs fans – some don’t mind the wait in getting players through the door, whilst others believe it’s a hindrance to pre-season plans and leaves both the player and the club in a tricky situation where there isn’t much time to settle down and get used to the new surroundings before the games begin, especially with the club announcing a prestigious pre-season tour to the USA this summer where they will participate in the International Champions Cup.
As always, the media have been busy speculating who Pochettino and Levy have targeted as potential signings this window. From the affordable and realistic to the downright ridiculous, here are the 3 that I think could happen and why.
- Ross Barkley – Everton – £30m to £40m
The England international who plays as an attacking midfielder for his boyhood club Everton has been on the Spurs radar for a long time. Direct, aggressive and in the same playing style as Steven Gerrard, he ticks all the boxes which Mauricio Pochettino looks for in a midfield/attacking player. With Barkley also being out of contract at Everton next summer as well, talk of a cut-price deal being made will also suit Daniel Levy down to the ground. Can definitely see this happening before the window shuts.
- Thomas Lemar – Monaco – £30m to £40m
Part of the Monaco side who blew all before them away in France last season, Lemar impressed in both the League and the Champions League, playing on the left hand side of the midfield. Technically perfect, skilful and creative, this would be the kind of signing that would really underline Spurs’ ambitions this season and would also ease the pressure on the returning Erik Lamela, especially after his injury woes last year. However, Monaco’s reluctance to sell too many of their title-winning side from last season may prove to be the stumbling block in the deal going through and with a fee of roughly £35m being quoted for the player, Spurs may struggle to get this one done.
- Cedric Soares – Southampton – £12m to £18m
The Portuguese right-back, who has won 22 caps for the Portuguese senior side, has established himself as an important player for the Saints over the past two seasons and would provide competition to Kieran Tripper, should Kyle Walker complete his high-profile move to Manchester City this summer. Full of stamina and energy on the right hand side, whilst being defensively solid at the same time, Soares seems to be the perfect Pochettino full-back and, should Southampton choose to sell, would be more than affordable, given the funds which would be raised with Walker leaving.
The lack of strength in depth in the senior squad was brutally highlighted at crucial moments last season. Take the FA Cup semi-final for example – whilst Chelsea threw on Fabregas, Costa and Hazard to power through and win the game whilst Spurs could only turn to Sissoko, Janssen and Nkoudou. The same could be said for the key matches in the Champions League – with a spark desperately needed from the bench, there was nothing there. It is absolutely essential that the club recognise the weaknesses that exist in this squad and address them, before we’re left wondering what went wrong again this year.