Jose Mourinho’s transfer plans could be curtailed by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, with a British newspaper suggesting the club may have to settle for free agent signings in the summer transfer window.
Spurs currently sit eighth in the Premier League table and should the 2019-20 season resume, face the very real possibility of being unable to secure qualification to the Champions League next season.
Despite this, the club have been linked with capturing the signature of a host of superstars, with ex-Man Utd target and Borussia Dortmund goal machine Erling Braut Haaland emerging as a shock target.
However, British newspaper the Daily Express suggest a rather more low key window could await Mourinho, with Daniel Levy predicted to not want to flash the cash should they fail to secure Champions League qualification.
The outlet speculate that the Portuguese would need to exhibit uncharacteristic shrewdness in the market, with four potential free agents listed as possible answers to Spurs’ squad troubles.
Ex-Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge and current Chelsea marksman Olivier Giroud are both mentioned, along with Napoli’s joint-record goalscorer Dries Mertens.
Sturridge is currently serving a worldwide ban for his part in breaching the FA’s gambling regulations, while Giroud and Mertens – 33 and 32 respectively – are both out of contract in the summer, with Giroud reportedly recently rejecting a 12-month extension to stay with the Blues.
With Harry Kane’s injury troubles becoming more frequent in recent years, a move for any of the trio of aforementioned strikers would provide the North London club with a genuine option in Kane’s absence, or perhaps off the bench.
PSG right-back Thomas Meunier is also listed after Serge Aurier’s continued struggles have failed to alleviate Kieran Trippier’s departure to Atletico in 2019.
Shopping in the free agent market would be unfamiliar territory for Mourinho, but with an owner famous for imposing financial restrictions on his managers, the Portuguese may not have a say in the matter.