Mauricio Pochettino knows exactly how he wants to overhaul his Spurs squad, while Real Madrid are targeting Liverpool and Man Utd stars, according to Friday’s papers.
POCHETTINO WANTS SIX PLAYERS IN £150M SPREE
Mauricio Pochettino will reportedly be handed a £150million budget to overhaul his Spurs squad this summer, according to a report.
The Daily Mail say they will ‘spend up to £150million’ to help revamp Pochettino’s squad, and that the manager ‘is already planning significant changes’.
The Argentine reportedly has a starting budget of just £60m, but will look to almost triple that through player sales, with as many as seven players set to leave this summer.
Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou are all players who the north London side will accept bids for, while the futures of Kieran Trippier, Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld are far from certain.
Meanwhile, Fernando Llorente will also be let go when his contract expires at the end of the season.
In terms of additions, Spurs ‘want two new central midfielders and more creativity in the forward line, given Eriksen’s likely exit,’ the article says, adding that they also want a left-back, a support striker and a central defender.
AND THE REST
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane will have 500m euros (£430m) to spend in the summer with Manchester United’s France midfielder Paul Pogba and Liverpool and Senegal striker Sadio Mane both transfer targets. (Mirror)
Napoli’s 27-year-old Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has denied he is set to leave the Serie A side for Manchester United. (Express)
Liverpool and Netherlands centre-back Virgil van Dijk is set to win the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award, while Manchester City’s England forward Raheem Sterling will win the Football Writers’ Association equivalent. (Times)
Assistant boss Mike Phelan is advising manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Manchester United’s summer transfer plans. (Manchester Evening News)
Newcastle will offer manager Rafael Benitez a £50m summer transfer budget in a bid to persuade the Spaniard to stay at St James’ Park. (Mail)
Alternatively, Benitez has been offered a £100m transfer budget, plus cash from player sales, to rebuild the Magpies. (Mirror)
Liverpool could play a ‘home’ pre-season friendly in London this summer – with Tottenham’s new stadium a possible venue. (Liverpool Echo)