Mauricio Pochettino confessed that it’s chairman Daniel Levy, and not himself, who has the final say on transfers at Tottenham.
After passing two transfer windows without spending so much as a penny, Pochettino looks set to welcome his first signing since Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain in 2018.
Spurs are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign 18-year-old winger Jack Clarke from Leeds United. Apparently, he passed a medical on Thursday and could be announced shortly.
Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, on the other hand, is set to become Spurs’ first high-profile recruit of this summer. The London club have allegedly struck a £65m deal to sign the France international.
This could go a long way in easing Pochettino’s concerns over Spurs’ lack of transfer activity.
The Argentine coach is in high demand in the football world and turned down the possibility of leaving Spurs to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid last year. While Manchester United considered him as a successor to Jose Mourinho earlier this year.
Despite his growing profile, however, even Pochettino is powerless when it comes to transfer decisions at Spurs.
“At Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, there’s not the freedom that Pep [Guardiola] and [Jurgen] Klopp have at Manchester City and Liverpool,” he told TV3.
“Pep has total control of the plan at City. It’s a different model at Tottenham and other clubs.
“Selling players, deciding and offering contracts, buying players – it depends solely on the manager, in the case of Pep or Klopp. Things aren’t the same at other clubs [like Tottenham].”
Quizzed on who makes the player decisions, Pochettino replied: “Our president, Daniel Levy. It’s not in my power.
“I will be asked my opinion and of course I love Harry Kane, but the decision is Daniel’s. The same situation for [Christian] Eriksen.”