According to the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are prepared to part with five first-team players this summer in a massive overhaul. The quintet of players that could be heading for the exit door are Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, Mousa Dembele, Fernando Llorente and Moussa Sissoko.
Alderweireld has been locked in a dispute with Spurs over his wages for quite some time. The 29-year-old wants a significant pay rise but Spurs are not prepared to meet his demands by breaking their wage structure to keep him. PSG on the other hand, are willing to meet Alderweireld’s £10m-per-season wage demands.
Rose’s future has been uncertain ever since his controversial interview with The Sun last summer. In the interview, he claimed that himself and his Spurs team-mates are not fully being paid what they are worth. Manchester United have reportedly cooled their interest and Rose is now on Everton’s summer shortlist.
Dembele only has a year left on his current contract and at the age of 31 could be tempted with a move to China, according to the Independent. If the Belgian does depart, it would be a huge loss to Spurs’ midfield. Dembele is one of the most improved players of the Pochettino era.
Like Vincent Janssen before him, striker Llorente has found it difficult to play second fiddle to Harry Kane. He would be open to moving on after an underwhelming first campaign with the North London club.
Up to this day, it is still a mystery how Spurs came to the conclusion that Sissoko was worth £30m. For a club so tight with money, they should be spending it better than that. Sissoko is a squad player at best and has, unsurprisingly, failed to live up to his price tag since joining Spurs. This summer he is likely to leave the club but Spurs will struggle to get £30m for him.
Mauricio Pochettino was vocal after the 5-4 win against Leicester on the final day of the season. The Argentine spoke about the need to be “brave” and “take risks” as he looks to transform his squad into winners. Pochettino wants assurances that he will be provided with the funds to bring in the players he wants and the freedom to sell those he feels he can replace.
The Lilywhites finished third in the 2017/18 campaign and in doing so secured Champions League football for their new stadium and a third successive top-three finish.
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