Spurs’ Attempts To Make First Summer Signing Might Have Got A Whole Lot Easier

North London rivals Arsenal have strengthened already this summer, Manchester United look to be close to completing their first big move and Everton have not been messing around in making early additions. Having seen rivals add to their squads at this early stage, Spurs are yet to get off the mark and make their first summer signing. 

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This season will be seen as little more than a transition season for the Lilywhites who will play their home matches at Wembley while the construction of the new White Hart Lane is completed ready for the 2018/19 season. With the new stadium to pay for, Daniel Levy will have to look after his pennies this summer and use his formidable negotiating powers to get some deals over the line. It might prove harder this window than any other before with prices soaring early on in this summer transfer window.

Spurs have already missed out on versatile defender Matthias Ginter, seen striker Josh King choose to stay put at Bournemouth, witnessed Everton slap a massive £50m price tag on Ross Barkley and learn that they will have to fork out at least £25m each for Premier League defenders Ben Gibson and Alfie Mawson. You get the feeling it could be a long summer.

However, Spurs could make their first summer signing if they react quickly to the latest development in the transfer market. Young striker Kylian Mbappe is a man in demand this summer following impressive performances for French club Monaco last season. Real Madrid are one of the clubs alongside PSG to have shown an interest in the teenager and they will be looking to offload some players in order to make room for Mbappe as well as ensure they have the funds to secure his services.

One of those players that could face the axe at the Bernabeu is young talent Mateo Kovacic, and the Metro claim that Real Madrid could be set to offer him to Spurs as they look to raise funds of Mbappe, who they might have break the bank and spend up to £150m for.

Kovacic is reportedly keen to get more first team minutes, which might be hard to come by at Real Madrid, and a move away might be the best option for his career. The 23-year-old played 27 times in La Liga, netting once, appeared six times in the Champions League scoring once and predominantly plays in the middle of the park.

The fact that Real Madrid have said that they will now listen to offers for Kovacic indicates that Spurs will not have to pay ridiculously over the odds to secure his signature. Will the Croatian become Tottenham’s first signing of this summer transfer window?