I feel like this is said every Summer, but this will be the biggest transfer window this Summer.
Mainly because there are a load of teams let to rebuild or add to their squads as eyes will be on Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, possibly Bayern Munich, Chelsea (if the transfer ban lifts) and Arsenal.
However, it’s fair to say it will be even bigger for Tottenham Hotspur and this may be biased as I’m a Spurs fan, but the fact nothing was spent during last summer and this year’s winter windows and the fact they’re areas needing strengthening, money will be spent.
If not Tottenham will lose the one major reason for their progression the boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Anyway, let’s look at what will be needed and sold and first of all I’m going to focus on the clearing out some of the dead wood and players that can move on.
Goalkeeping wise, it’s clear Michel Vorm is no longer needed especially since every time he played he was useless and was one of the reasons why the team lost its first Champions League match at Inter Milan.
He lost his number two spot to Paulo Gazzaniga and instead of buying a replacement, bring up someone from the U23 squad.
Meanwhile, in defence Kieran Tripper had an awful season and nothing like the player that went to the World Cup as injuries and form played a big part, but ultimately I wouldn’t be too upset if we sold him.
Tripper can be joined by the man who can’t take a throw-in Serge Aurier.
Additionally, if we can use him in a deal for a cash plus player deal with Ajax (more on that later) and if he really doesn’t want to sign a new deal Toby Alderweireld will leave and it’ll suck.
Furthermore, similar to Tripper, if we got a decent offer for Danny Rose I wouldn’t be too bummed by him moving.
Midfield is the area that needs the investment but it still has some deadwood with the best example being Georges-Kevin Nkoudou as he’s done below jack shit since joining the club.
The other two that would depart, if we got decent offers are Erik Lamela and Victor Wanyama.
Finally, the last player is up front and that’s Vincent Janssen and it’s a shame as I was rooting for the bloke and thought could’ve done a job while Harry Kane was injured during the season.
Now with all that out of the way, the money that generated from those transfers with the £100+ million chairman Daniel Levy is promising Poch a great deal of business can be done.
As stated above promote someone for the academy to replace Vorm saving money.
More about the Alderweireld situation can be sorted with a deal with Ajax and it would involve spending £90 million on Mattijs de Ligt and Donny van de Beek and the 30-year-old defender going the other way.
De Ligt is a natural successor to the Belgian and would be in the starting line-up alongside Jan Vertonghen and could become a dominant duo. However, Spurs face losing the chance has the highly sort-after teenager is on his way to Barcelona.
Meanwhile, Beek would be a strong addition to a barely existing central midfield.
In the right-back area, Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace has been the best right-back in the Premier League this season and would be the long term replacement for Tripper and Aurier and I can’t see costing more than £40 million.
Then flying down the left-back is Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon and reports are stating the defender/midfielder wants to move to Spurs and Levy is looking at a cut-price deal of £25 million.
If the club were able to get Wan-Bissaka and Sessegnon it would bring the glory days of Walker and Rose bombing down the wing, but better.
Joining Beek in the midfield would be two more in the centre and those being André Gomes, who did brilliantly on loan at Everton and is a player Poch would love to work with and can see be down with Barcelona for roughly £30 million.
With so many creative central midfielders, it would be good to add some strength and Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombélé could be the bloke.
However, we’ll face competition from the likes of Manchester City who see the 22-year-old as a long-term replacement for the brilliant Fernandinho, but we’ll have a chance if we offer around the £50 million mark.
I do think a winger is needed and with reports of Gareth Bale possibly making a return would be massive for the club and I’d love to see him return home. However, the loan fee of £10 million plus having to pay £300,000 of his £600,000 per week wages for a player that is more injury prone is a risk.
If Madrid is that desperate to offload the Welshman, Levy should try and bring that loan price to about £7 million and Madrid pay three-quarters of his wages.
The inclusion of Bale would help be cover for Kane if the England captain got injured similarly to Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura.
If all those deals came through, it would be a massive transfer window for Tottenham as the total would come to £242 million and a squad that could battle Man City and Liverpool for the title.
Imagine the line-up
GK – Hugo Lloris
RB – Aaron Wan-Bissaka
CB – Mattijs de Ligt
CB – Jan Vertonghen
LB – Ryan Sessegnon
CM – Donny van de Beek
CM – Tanguy Ndombélé
CM – Christian Eriksen
RW – Heung Min-Son
LW – Gareth Bale
ST – Harry Kane
GK – Paulo Gazzaniga
CB – Davison Sanchez
CB/CM – Eric Dier
CM – André Gomes
CM – Harry Winks
CM/RW – Dele Ali
RW/LW/ST – Lucas Moura