Tottenham will look to offload “at least six players” this summer before they can start thinking about strengthening their squad, claims a report.
Spurs have been hit hard by the Covid-19 lockdown and announced losses of £63.9m in November. That has led to rethink from Daniel Levy how to approach the summer transfer window with sales at the forefront of his mind.
The Daily Mail reports Tottenham “will be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper, right back and central defender” when the window gets underway in June. Burnley’s Nick Pope reportedly their top keeper target.
However, before Jose Mourinho can start allocating funds for new arrivals, he will have to offload some of his squad.
Serge Aurier, Hugo Lloris, Erik Lamela and Juan Foyth could all be moved on with their futures in doubt.
Danny Rose will end his 14-year spell at the club when his contract expires in the summer.
Dele Alli and Harry Winks could also find their time up this summer. Neither have managed to get much game time recently and both have been linked with moves abroad. They are also two players who would command sizeable transfers fees as Spurs look to get their balance sheet in order.
Loan forwards Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius also look set to return to their respective clubs. Bale, on £250,000 a week, has made it clear that the plan was always to return to Real Madrid after 12 months back with Spurs.
Vinicius meanwhile is set to return to Benfica with Tottenham not willing to play the £36m option they have to buy the striker permanently.
Of course, one player who would wipe out their deficit would be Harry Kane.
Kane’s future has been a topic of conversation for some time. He has previously stated that he will leave the club if he feels it is right. And despite rising through the ranks at Spurs to become their captain, he insists he won’t stay for the sake of it.
Spurs and Levy obviously want Kane to stay. The Spurs chairman is also understood to be unwilling to lose Kane to an English rival if the player comes to him and asks to leave.
No decision has been made as of yet, but he recently admitted he will review his situation of the Euros.
But, according to a report from The Athletic (via Football365), whether Tottenham finish in the top four or not will be a factor in his decision.