Tottenham are expected to prioritize strengthening their defense this summer, but will have to sell players first amid severe financial constraints.
Spurs announced losses of £ 63.9million in November and have been hit harder by the pandemic than most, so they will aim to sell a slew of players in the hopes of raising funds and release wages.
Sports messaging understands that some middlemen have already been advised that the club must sell before buying, although there is an element of posture in this forward position which will be a difficult window to navigate for most clubs.
Jose Mourinho will have to sell to buy this summer if he’s still in charge of Tottenham
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is among the players who may need to raise funds for signings
Serge Aurier (left) and Juan Foyth (right) could be among those leaving at the end of the season
Tottenham will be on the hunt for a new goalkeeper, right-back and center-back when the window reopens.
But the club will look to offload at least six players this summer to carry out their plans.
Danny Rose looks certain to end his 14 years in north London when his contract expires at the end of the season, while the future of Serge Aurier, Hugo Lloris, Erik Lamela and Juan Foyth is also in doubt.
Gareth Bale, who costs Spurs around £ 250,000 in wages a week, has already said he will return to Real Madrid when his loan expires.
His compatriot Carlos Vinicius is set to return to Benfica, with Tottenham refusing to pay the £ 36million option they have to buy the striker on a permanent basis.
Instead, the club have started looking for potential replacements for Vinicius – with Sasa Kalajdzic of Stuttgart, a 23-year-old Austrian international, among the players the club are considering as a replacement for Harry Kane.
Dele Alli reportedly exacting significant fees and will depend a lot on Mourinho’s future
Former stalwarts Dele Alli and Harry Winks have fallen out of favor under Jose Mourinho and are reportedly demanding significant transfer fees, but their future could be determined by the Portuguese still in the driver’s seat next season.
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope would be Spurs’ first choice to replace Lloris if the Frenchman reunites with former boss Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain.
Wolfsburg No 1 Koen Casteels has been widely watched in recent months and would represent a more economical option if Pope’s valuation, which could exceed £ 30million, proves prohibitive.
Burnley’s Nick Pope reportedly Tottenham’s first choice to replace Lloris if he leaves
Spending constraints this summer will be of particular interest to Mourinho, who would certainly support the club’s position to prioritize defensive talent after a disappointing campaign at home and on the continent.
Mourinho is fighting to retain his post, the pressure on his position intensifying following Sunday’s loss to Manchester United which left Spurs six points out of the top four.
But even if a new head coach is appointed before next season, his ability to recruit new talent will be compromised.