This summer Tottenham Hotspur has been one of the busiest clubs in Europe for bringing in fresh faces. Richarlison, Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma and Clement Lenglet have all arrived to strengthen Antonio Conte’s squad.
New arrivals at a club often mean exits, which is no different at the north London club. Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Sergio Reguilon and Harry Winks have all been omitted from the Spurs squad for their tour of South Korea, which starts next week.
Willing to listen to offers
Media reports suggest that the north London club is willing to listen to offers for the quartet. All four have previously been highly rated, and some have cost Spurs hefty fees, in the case of Ndombele. The 25-year-old cost Spurs an initial payment of £55million when he arrived from Lyon in 2019.
When he arrived in north London, he was considered one of Europe’s brightest young central midfielders. However, he struggled for consistency at Tottenham and, in January, returned to OL on loan. The French decided not to exercise their option of signing the midfielder for a fee similar to the one they received for the midfielder. Now he is in limbo.
Lo Celso was another highly-rated player who struggled for form and fitness at Tottenham. Like Ndombele, the Argentinian international spent the second half of last season on loan, as he temporarily moved to the Spanish club, Villarreal.
Sergio Reguilon looked impressive for Sevilla before his switch to the English club. He made a bright start to his Tottenham career before falling out of favour with Conte towards the end of last season. The 25-year-old may well attract the most interest of the quartet.
There were big hopes for homegrown midfielder Winks. At 26, he is yet to fulfil his supposed potential at the north London club. The England international has been heavily linked with a move to Everton. Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest are also mooted as potential destinations for the midfielder.
Balancing the books
Tottenham is known as a well-run club, with chairman Daniel Levy’s negotiation skills stuff of legend within the game. The club’s spending could reach over £80million if Richarlison meets the criteria included in his add-ons. While some will say that isn’t massive by Premier League standards, Spurs will be looking to recoup as much money from selling the surplus players as possible.
Spurs boss Conte seems to have a clear idea of which players figure in his plans and those that don’t. That certainly makes it easier for those in charge of selling players far easier. The Italian boss has a clear vision of what he wants his team to look like.
He has had a chance to see the above quartet and now knows that they are not good enough or do not fit into his football philosophy. It is incredible to think that if Tottenham sells their surplus players this summer, they could well balance the books, having strengthened their squad majorly.
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Will Tottenham sell all of their unwanted quartet this summer?