The clock is ticking on Tottenham’s transfer targets.
The closest Spurs have come to signing so far this window has been the agreement of new contract with players like Harry Kane and Son Hueng-Min, but chairman Daniel Levy is an expert in brinkmanship. He has until midnight on Thursday to do some business and he will probably spring surprises.
The most credible speculation for the moment remains on Jack Grealish being signed from Aston Villa after a long pursuit and the possibility of Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose all leaving.
The link to Grealish has been rumbling on since the beginning of the window. The club looks to have felt he could be had for a song, with Villa in big trouble over Financial Fair Play regulations plus the difficulties facing previous owner Tony Xia in getting money out of China.
But new owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have told manager Steve Bruce that he doesn’t have to sell his star players. Bruce insists Spurs haven’t met Villa’s valuation for Grealish, but has reluctantly admitted the player could leave before August 9, saying “Spurs haven’t got anywhere near what the owners want to consider.”
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 3, 2018
Sky Sports commentator Michael Bridge thinks the deal will happen.
“I still think Spurs will get Grealish done…Before the takeover it was a bit like when you go to a supermarket and the yellow stickers were on and you could get something for half price. His value will go up now to what he’s actually worth.”
The Spurs bid on the table is thought to be around £20 million, with Villa wanting more in the realm of £35 million.
As for any more new signings, Bridge added:
“It’s really dependent on who is leaving. For me, if Toby Alderweireld leaves you’d have to replace him. If Mousa Dembele leaves, I think Spurs are a bit weak in centre-midfield. Harry Winks has an ongoing ankle injury. Victor Wanyama has played 10 minutes of pre-season, he has a knee injury again. They are looking light. If Danny Rose goes, they only have Ben Davies. I know Kyle Walker-Peters is very highly regarded at Tottenham but for me he’s a right-back. This summer there’s not been any offers for Rose. A year ago he was the No.1 left-back but he’s had a few niggles and he was actually dislodged by Ben Davies.“
Mauricio Pochettino is aware of the growing concerns, saying “it’s been difficult to add players who can help us. But in the last week, many things can happen.”
Should he fail to bring in significant numbers of newcomers, Pochettino has hinted that he’ll blood some of the U21’s into the first team, which he’s become renowned for doing and already putting into practice in the clubs US tour.
“Of course, football is all about adding more quality every season like our rivals are doing…If we cannot do that, we need to try to be creative and, of course, the help of younger players will be amazing and they showed they can help us if, in the end, we cannot sign players.”
However, Tottenham rounded off their pre-season campaign with a heavy defeat as a youthful side lost 4-1 to Girona in Spain.
They took the lead through Lucas Moura’s free-kick, but it was all downhill after that.
Girona’s goals came from Juanpe, Anthony Lozano, Portu and Aleix Garcia, who is on loan from Manchester City.
Spurs included Son Heung-min, but key players like Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen were missing along with Alderweireld, Dembele, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier and Rose, all given extended time off following the World Cup, with their returns to training expected through this week.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 6, 2018
Next Spurs Game
With World Cup holidays, the US Tour and the transfer window coming to an end, all eyes are now on the kick-off to the Premier League. The overall tournament begins on the 10th August with a match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford. Spurs’ campaign begins with a match against Newcastle at St James Park on the 11th August, with their final game at Wembley against Fulham on the 18th August and the first game at the new stadium against Liverpool on the 15th September.
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