It seems as though Spurs have made the first move towards signing Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld. This could prove to be a canny move for Mauricio Pochettino’s defence; Alderweireld and his Belgian compatriot and former Ajax teammate, Jan Vertonghen, link up nicely for their national team. Reuniting this tried and tested defensive partnership could be the foundation of the new-look Spurs. The spanner in the works is Southhampton’s £6.8m option on Alderwiereld – a figure that’s likely to rise to £10m should he be poached by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s advances this week.
A second Belgian signing may come in the form of Monaco whizz kid Yannick Ferreira Carrasco. Tottenham have reportedly made a £9.9m offer to Monaco for the winger who has been favourably compared with Cristiano Ronaldo (and not just for the copious amounts of hair gel that the two players seem to favour). After a season where everyone except Harry Kane seemed to have forgotten that the aim of the game is scoring goals, a pacey, attacking winger with some tricks up his sleeve will be just what the doctor ordered. Though still just 21, Carrasco is no stranger to the big leagues. He scored against Arsenal last season in his team’s victory over them in the first leg of the Champion’s League second round.
With the departure of Paulhinio, Lewis Holtby and the poor form of Etienne Capoue there is a desperate need for a shake-up in the Spurs midfield, and perhaps even some big money spent. 19-year-old midfielder Harry Winks looks set to be the next big breakthrough player from Tottenham’s development squad so the management will be sure to want to surround him with some tried and tested names. While the likes of Juventus superstar Paul Pogba might be a little out of Tottenham’s price range, (a cool £71m is the asking price), Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin could be an excellent cut price alternative. Already well versed in Pochettino’s managerial style and tactics, Schneiderlin could slot comfortably into the Spurs’ midfield and become a vital central figure in the squad. Southampton have already rejected a bid from Manchester United but it could well be worth Ponchettino’s while to spend his big bucks here.
After losing their star player to Real Madrid two years ago, Spurs fans will be breathing a sigh of relief that their new hero, Kane, appears to be staying put. The problem Spurs’ management are now facing is providing Kane with a suitable partner upfront, as Roberto Soldado doesn’t seem to be able to keep pace with the youngster. Kane needs a partner who can match his energy, pace and creativity and who can play the high pressing style of football Pochettino is hoping to achieve. Fresh from winning the Under-21 European championship is striker John Guidetti, who has just been released from an uneventful contract at Man City and is now a free agent. Guidetti is a coiled spring ready to leap into action for a club that is willing to let him realise his potential. Of course with the combined sales of Paulhinio and Holtby exceeding £16m, the new head of scouting and recruitment, Paul Mitchell, could go in for a bigger name. But with Kane’s star on the rise, another burgeoning talent could be just what Spurs need. And with the engaging Swede making headlines for his PR friendly antics on and off the pitch, Guidetti could be the charm offensive Pochettino is looking for.
Is Hugo Lloris going to stick around for the duration of the summer? He’s keeping fans guessing by insisting on the club’s website that he wants to improve the team’s fortunes in the coming season but as he has mentioned on previous occasions, his main aim is trophies. He has made no secret of wanting to return to Champions League football – a competition he has not played in since he joined Spurs in 2012. The captaincy awarded to Lloris may yet prove to be a band-aid for a bullet hole and if United can lure him away, Spurs will be in desperate need of a safe pair of hands. As Villa are now bidding for Bosnian international Asmir Begovic, current holder of the number 1 jersey, Brad Guzan, might be considering his options. A move to Spurs would be sound move for the American after falling behind Shay Given in favour at his current club. His experience in the Premier League would make him a solid choice for Spurs, should disaster strike in the form of Lloris’ departure.
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