Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly handed Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy a list of FOUR transfer targets and may leave should the club fail to deliver.
Lucas Moura’s January deadline day move from Paris Saint-Germain in 2018 was the last time Spurs signed a player. Pochettino has since seen two windows go by without the club spending a single cent.
On the other side, though, Spurs have only lost one player in that period in Mousa Dembele. The Belgian midfielder completed a €5.35m switch to Chinese side Guangzhou R&F in January this year.
While Spurs came up short in the last two windows, Premier League champions Manchester City spent €77m on new recruits. And Liverpool, who defeated Pochettino’s men 2-0 in the Champions League final, splashed out €182m.
However, Pochettino still managed to lead the cash-strapped Spurs to a fourth consecutive Premier League top-four finish ahead of rivals Arsenal and Manchester United.
But the Guardian claims the Argentine coach is desperate to make progress next season and could walk out of north London should his demands not be met.
Despite reaching the Champions League final for the first time in history, Spurs ended up with six points less in the league compared to their 2017/18 tally. Apparently, this has left Pochettino worried as he views the league table as a true indicator of the team’s strength.
The 47-year-old has, therefore, handed Spurs chairman Daniel Levy a list of four players he wants for this summer which could cost the club a total of €180m based on their current market value.
These players are:
- Tanguy Ndombele – Lyon – €60m
- Donny van de Beek – Ajax – €40m
- Nicolo Zaniolo – AS Roma – €40m
- Ryan Sessegnon – Fulham – €35m
Pochettino allegedly then stated that he expects at least three of them to arrive. Although a large part of Spurs’ transfer plans could hinge on the outcome of Christian Eriksen’s future.
The Danish playmaker dropped a bombshell this month by confessing he would “like to try something new”. Therefore, Real Madrid could line-up a €100m bid for Eriksen should contract talks with Spurs fail to progress.
The money from Eriksen’s sale could then be used to support Pochettino’s pursuit of new signings this summer.