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3 Big Money Signings Tottenham Reportedly Want To Make This Summer

Tottenham are yet to make a significant addition to their team this summer, but the sale of Kyle Walker has left many fans wondering how and if the club will re-invest. If they do choose to, then attacking players will be important – Spurs have struggled at times in attacking areas, and often rely too much on Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen for goals and creativity. In this article, I take a look at 3 big money signings Tottenham are reportedly looking to make this summer.

1 – Riyad Mahrez

The London Evening Standard say that Tottenham are monitoring the situation of Mahrez, but will not get involved in the bidding unless the price drops significantly. Leicester are quoting teams £50million for the former Premier League Player of the Year, but the Algerian’s performances last season has seen his stock fall somewhat, and no club appears keen to meet that asking price. Leicester have already rejected a bid from Roma – it is thought that the offer was close to £20million.

Tottenham appear to have their purse strings tightened and I doubt there would be serious interest unless the asking price dropped to something closer to £30million.

Rivals Spurs And Arsenal To Battle It Out For Not One, But Two Summer Signings

North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are set to battle it out over this summer transfer window in pursuit of two targets. Attacking midfielders Riyad Mahrez and Ross Barkley have both been the subject of interest from both clubs. 

Ross Barkley has been a long-term target of Tottenham, and reports at the weekend suggested that Pochettino and Levy wanted a deal completed by the time the squad set off for their pre-season tour of America. Well, Spurs have now touched down in Orlando and there is no sign of Barkley, who is still very much an Everton player.

Other reports suggested that Barkley demanded wages of £150,000-per-week if he were to join Spurs, making him the highest paid player at the club. However, we later learned that these claims were ‘untrue’. Today, the London Evening Standard report that Arsenal are also interested in making a move for the Englishman.

It has been almost inevitable that Barkley will be sold this summer after not signing a new deal with the Merseyside club. But what is becoming increasingly unlikely is that he will be sold for Everton’s asking price of £50m. It is worth noting that both Spurs are Arsenal are confident that they can get deals over the line for £25-30m.

Barkley is not the only player that Spurs and Arsenal could do battle for over the summer. Riyad Mahrez has been the subject of much interest from Arsenal in particular since last summer, when they came desperately close to signing the Algerian winger. They have registered their interest yet again this summer after Mahrez said that he will be leaving Leicester this summer.

According to the London Evening Standard in a separate report, Spurs have now asked Leicester to keep them informed of the Riyad Mahrez situation if other clubs submit a bid as they are interested in securing his services at some point during this summer transfer window.

Like Barkley, Leicester are asking for around £50m for Mahrez, which at the moment is putting clubs off making a move and the Foxes might have to lower their asking price if they are to cash-in on the want-away winger.

Although I am more than unsure about Barkley and how he would fit in at Spurs and whether he is worth the investment, Mahrez’s talent is there for all to see. He would be a brilliant addition to the squad in terms of attacking options and if Daniel Levy can get a deal over the line for Mahrez it would truly be an excellent signing.

Has Kyle Walker’s Replacement Just Signed A Contract At Tottenham?

With Kyle Walker leaving to join Manchester City for £50million earlier this month, there has been lots of speculation as to who Tottenham will sign as a replacement. The club have been very quiet in the transfer window so far, but surely armed with so much money, they would go and invest in a replacement.. no?

Well some fans are starting to think that Kieran Trippier could be the internal replacement. The 26-year-old thrived towards the end of the season and with the news that he has signed a new 5-year contract, it does look possible that Pochettino is showing his faith in the player and rewarding him for his fine form towards the end of the season.

But surely Pochettino will at least want to sign a player to offer some competition to Trippier. Nice full back Ricardo Pereira has been the most strongly linked lately, with the Portuguese defender appearing to be priced relatively modestly at £22million.

The young right back has been very impressive for Nice and helped them in their title challenge last season. He’s been capped twice for Portugal’s senior side, but after his impressive campaign in Ligue 1 he is expected to become a regular in the national team.

But despite these links, other reports have suggested that Tottenham are not pursuing Pereira, this just adds more fuel to the fire that suggests Spurs are looking to simply promote Trippier as Walker’s replacement.

On signing the new deal, Trippier said:

“I’m delighted with the news with my new deal. It’s a great achievement for myself and I’m just delighted to get it signed,” Trippier told the club’s website.

“I always believed that I can play at the top level and like I say I’ve been working hard, even when I’ve not been playing I’ve been keeping my head down and games and been working hard for my opportunities.

It goes without saying that Trippier signing a new deal is a positive thing, but would you be happy if Tottenham fail to sign a first team player to replace Walker and simply promote Trippier to a starting berth permanently? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

‘Deserved But…’ Spurs Fans Pleased But Frustrated By Latest Announcement

Less than a week after Kyle Walker left Spurs to link up with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City for £45m, Kieran Trippier has signed a new contract with Tottenham, a deal that is set to expire in 2022, keeping him at the club for another five years. 

There are two sides to the Walker and Trippier argument. Who is better? I feel Kyle Walker offers a lot more in terms of physical presence and has often bullied wingers into a corner where they just do not know where to turn next. On the other hand, Trippier’s delivery into the box is certainly the biggest strength of his game, and you will do very well indeed to find a better crosser of the ball in the Premier League right now.

However, that debate is for another day. The fact is that Daniel Levy has played an absolute blinder and managed to get £45m for a player that became second choice towards the end of the season and has sorted out a new contract for the remaining right-back Trippier. A decent week for Mr. Levy who is probably feeling fairly satisfied at this moment in time.

That is until he realises that his work is far from done in this summer transfer window. In case it has escaped your attention either in my previous posts or in the media in general, Spurs are the only Premier League club not to have made a signing so far in this summer transfer window. If Mauricio Pochettino’s side are to challenge up the top of the Premier League next season, they are going to need to make sure that some new faces come through the door before the end of August.

I would make signing a right-back before the transfer window slams shut a priority. The departure of Kyle Walker leaves just Trippier and Walker-Peters, do I think the latter is ready to step up and play regular first team football if Trippier picks up an injury? No, I don’t, and remember, Eric Dier cannot play everywhere!

Fans seemed content with Spurs playing the waiting game for the first week or so of the transfer window, but now we are over two weeks in, fans are beginning to become impatient and no doubt a little anxious that the Lilywhites haven’t managed to get a deal over the line just yet. Here is how Spurs fans reacted to the news that Trippier has signed a new contract and you can sense the frustration creeping in.

3 Players Who Could Become Tottenham’s First Signing Of The Summer

Spurs are the only Premier League club not to make a signing in this summer transfer window. Having just sold Kyle Walker to Manchester City for £50m, Federico Fazio and Clinton N’Jie, Tottenham can now turn their attention to adding to the squad. Here are three players that could join Spurs in the coming weeks.

1) Suso

Corriere dello Sport report that Tottenham could make a move this summer for AC Milan midfielder Suso as Mauricio Pochettino looks to strengthen his squad with the season just weeks away from starting.

After Liverpool deciding he was no longer needed at Anfield, Suso has rediscovered some of his best form in Serie A, leading to reported interest from Spurs, who still believe that he can become a success in the Premier League.

However, they face competition from Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg, who are also interested in securing the services of Suso. It is also believed that AC Milan are by no means willing to let Suso leave on the cheap, and they will only listen to bids in excess of £20m.

Suso was far from a successful signing at Anfield, he made just 14 appearances for Liverpool, failing to score of set up a goal in his time there. But the Spaniard has managed to turn his form around in Italy, making 34 appearances for AC Milan last term, scoring on seven occasions and providing nine assists.

Signing This Midfielder Would Turn Tottenham’s Miserable Transfer Window Into A Disaster

Tottenham are the only Premier League team still not to make a signing in this summer transfer window, having seen rivals such as Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea strengthen already in key areas. However, this is no reason to panic. 

We wake up on Sunday morning to reports that Daniel Levy and Spurs have now set a deadline on when they want to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley by. In an ideal world, Levy would like to see the deal done by Wednesday as Spurs jet off to America for their pre-season tour ahead of the new Premier League season.

The sooner Spurs end their interest in Ross Barkley, the better. There are just a couple of huge problems with this transfer that would damage Tottenham’s season and success in this transfer window. The first one is his enormous price tag. The Toffees currently value Barkley at around £50m. Wow. Although it may not seem like it in this crazy transfer window, £50m is still a lot to spend on any player, and this figure becomes almost ludicrous when you realise you are paying £50m for Ross Barkley.

A collective sigh of relief among Spurs fans surely came when the Mirror reported last night that Daniel Levy was not willing to spend more than £25-30m on Barkley, who Mauricio Pochettino has identified as his number one target for this summer.

£30m would equal the sum of money paid for Spurs flop Moussa Sissoko last season on transfer deadline day, and Ross Barkley is hardly an upgrade on the Frenchman in my opinion. He just wouldn’t fit in at Spurs. His work rate is poor, his decision-making is terrible and his attitude is below-par. Does this sound like a player that would succeed under Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs? It doesn’t to me. That is the second of my problems with the potential transfer, he just doesn’t look like a player who would become a key figure at Spurs.

The sale of Kyle Walker to Manchester City for around £54m was completed on Friday, and I am sure Mauricio Pochettino will be keen for this money to be spent on improving the squad before the new Premier League season kicks off in a few weeks.

A new right-back is needed after the sale of Walker, and a couple of squad players would be nice to improve squad depth. Spurs already have enough creativity in the squad with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-min Son and the returning Erik Lamela. They do not need Barkley, who would be a terrible waste of money. Signing him would turn an already miserable transfer window into a complete disaster.

Would Eric’s Departure Be so Dier?

Following suggestions that Eric Dier was keen to force through a move to Manchester United this summer, social media opinion was predictably split on the matter. Spurs fans were either fiercely against the notion that such a key player could be sold to Premier League rivals; or, they simply felt that a reported fee of £50m was too good to refuse.

England midfielder Eric Dier” (CC BY 2.0) by Ben Sutherland

Depending on your point of view, Dier was either the most versatile player at Tottenham or the third best defensive midfielder in the squad and, therefore, surplus to requirements. Some even suggested that the former Sporting Lisbon man was the heartbeat of the team and while that may be unfair on Christian Eriksen, Dier is clearly held in high regard by many Spurs fans.

While Tottenham remain quiet in terms of purchases, this situation will continue to grab the headlines, so would the club be right to flatly refuse any offer and can they keep the player at the club if his heart is really set on a move?

Title Chances

Tottenham finished third in 2015/16 and second the following season but can they go one better again and claim their first top-flight title in 57 years? Spurs are priced at 8/1 with Ladbrokes to take the Premier League trophy next season and that’s some way behind favourites Manchester City so it may be preferable to use free bet offers wherever possible.

However, there is a view that Tottenham can claim the crown in the coming seasons with two factors playing their part. Firstly, they may have to wait until their new stadium is ready as their temporary Wembley home hasn’t been a happy one and secondly, the club simply has to keep the current squad together.

Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are all key components who will be tough to replace, but can the same be said about Eric Dier? The argument promoting his versatility is certainly a valid one. The England international has settled into that midfield role but can also play at centre-half and right-back and the ability to cover would be vital if Kyle Walker and Kevin Wimmer are allowed to leave the club this summer.

The suggestion that Dier is the third best defensive midfielder at Spurs doesn’t necessarily hold up when you consider that he played 36 out of a possible 38 league games last season. The facts all point to a key player for Spurs moving forward but if anything is certain, this story isn’t going to disappear just yet.

‘Change Of Mentality They Said’ Spurs Fans Furious Following £50m Kyle Walker Sale

The inevitable has now happened. Kyle Walker has completed his move to Premier League rivals Manchester City in a deal that could rise to in excess of £50m after add-ons.

The right-back reportedly had a falling out with manager Mauricio Pochettino towards the end of last season as Kieran Trippier was preferred to Walker in some of the bigger games during the run-in. Walker’s exclusion from the starting line-up fuelled speculation about his future, and Manchester City have taken full advantage, snapping him up two weeks into the transfer window.

Pep Guardiola’s side were in desperate need of a right-back after releasing their full-backs at the end of last season, and Daniel Levy used this fact to ensure he squeezed every last penny out of this deal, that could be worth as much as £54m, making Walker the most expensive defender ever.

Spurs fans might have seen the transfer as a reasonable one, claiming over £50m for a player that had fallen out with the manager. However, the fact that Spurs have sold to a direct rival has angered many fans, leading to them labelling Levy and the club as having a ‘selling mentality’, this is the first key player Spurs have sold since Gareth Bale moved to Real Madrid for a record-breaking £85m. Here is how Spurs fans on Twitter reacted to the sale of Kyle Walker.

Now that Walker has completed his move away, you would hope that a lot more focus would be put on recruitment ahead of the new season. Spurs are still the only Premier League club not to have made a signing in this summer transfer window.

This leaves Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker-Peters as the only recognised right-backs at the club excluding Eric Dier. Trippier is a terrific player, and showed some of his best form in a Spurs shirt at the end of last season. As Mauricio Pochettino likes to rotate, do I think Walker-Peters is ready for regular first team action? I don’t think so, I think another right-back needs to be brought in before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August.

Spurs Receive Huge Double Blow Just Weeks Before New Season Starts

The new Premier League season starts in just one month’s time for Spurs with a trip to Newcastle, and we have been flooded with reports that Eric Dier could make the switch to Manchester United and Dele Alli could find himself playing for Barcelona next season. 

Reports from Manchester Evening News state that Eric Dier is ‘desperate’ for a move to Manchester United this summer transfer window. Rumours have intensified in recent days and weeks regarding Dier’s potential transfer to Old Trafford, and the player’s desire to join the Red Devils has intensified amid the increased speculation.

Despite Spurs telling Jose Mourinho that Dier will not be sold under any circumstances this summer, the midfielder is still the subject of much interest and there is hope for Mourinho that the player himself could force Tottenham into a sale that could be worth as much as £50m.

Dier has proved to be an invaluable player for Spurs despite suffering a slight dip in form in the middle of last season, and is increasingly becoming a strong leader in the dressing room, something Mauricio Pochettino is reluctant to lose ahead of the new Premier League season. The Englishman is also part of Pochettino’s long-term plans and the Spurs boss has no doubts in his mind that it will stay that way when the transfer window slams shut at the end of next month.

It has also been Dier’s versatility that has made him such a valuable player to Spurs. The 23-year-old can play in a back three and has the capabilities to fill a role in the central midfield. Dier has shown how simply he can switch between the two different roles, and this has proved important for Mauricio Pochettino when making in-game formation and tactical changes.

It appears that Kyle Walker will be leaving the club for Manchester City, and now Dele Alli has been the subject of transfer rumours linking him with a move to European giants Barcelona. The Spanish club missed out on the La Liga title last season by three points to rivals Real Madrid and are looking for a new midfielder to make a title charge next season.

The Daily Star report that both Neymar and Lionel Messi are very keen for Alli to join Barcelona this summer after an impressive Premier League season just gone with Spurs. Having been such a key player for Spurs, they will be more than reluctant to let the Englishman leave.

It is unlikely that either Dier or Alli will leave Spurs this summer, but it is another summer of unwanted speculation. Despite being told he is not for sale, Mourinho will remain intent on unsettling Dier, and the same goes for Alli. It will be interesting to see how the two players cope with the ongoing speculation when the new season kicks off in just a few weeks.

European Club To Offer Summer Signing An Escape From Tottenham Nightmare

Marseille are keen on signing Moussa Sissoko from Spurs this summer to offer the Frenchman an escape route from his nightmare first season in North London according to the London Evening Standard. 

It has been a far from satisfactory debut season at Spurs for Sissoko, who famously turned his phone off to ignore Everton on his way to Tottenham for a medical on transfer deadline day. Spurs fans might be wishing he kept his phone on and was persuaded by the Merseyside club as his performances have been nothing short of disastrous since his big money move.

Daniel Levy forked out £30m last summer to secure a dramatic deadline day signing last summer, and the Frenchman hasn’t looked as if he was worth £30 let alone £30m in his first season. He showed flashes of his talent at Newcastle and at the European Championships in 2016 , but nothing that screams at me ‘I am watching a club record signing’.

Sissoko has clearly lacked the work ethic and arguably the talent to succeed at a club like Spurs, and as a result, made just eight Premier League starts last term, appearing from the bench a further 17 times, providing three assists and not scoring a single goal.

Like me, Sissoko might be glad to hear that Marseille are prepared to offer him an escape route. The Frenchman is keen to put himself back in the plans of French national coach Didier Deschamps ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Russia. The only way he can do this is by playing regular first team football, something he is unlikely to experience at Tottenham.

The French club would like to secure the services of Moussa Sissoko, despite his struggles at Spurs, before the end of next month before the transfer window slams shut. However, it is thought that they would be open to agreeing an initial loan deal with an option to buy, to see if the midfielder can recapture his form in Ligue 1.

I think a move to Marseille would be best for both parties. It would be ludicrous to think that Spurs will get back the £30m that they spent last summer, but some money is better than none as I feel Sissoko has next to nothing to offer to the team in current form. I would personally be glad to see the back of Sissoko if he were to leave the club this summer.