Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has suggested that Tottenham might appoint an unknown quantity as their next manager.
Spurs have been without a permanent boss since axing Jose Mourinho back in April and appointing former midfielder Ryan Mason on an interim basis until the end of the season. Mason led the club to a seventh-placed finish and a play-off spot in the inaugural Europa Conference League.
However, Tottenham have watched on as a number of top targets have been and gone, including the likes of Julian Nagelsmann, Erik ten Hag and Antonio Conte. However, they are still hoping a deal to bring back former boss Mauricio Pochettino could happen.
But speaking to Football Insider, Agbonlahor suggests Spurs will not be able to attract a “top manager” because of their current financial situation.
Tottenham are close to appointing Fabio Paratici as their new sporting director, with the Italian set to play a major role in the hunt for the new manager.
But Agbonlahor said: “It might be a manager out there that we don’t know of that might get the job. I think that might be where Spurs go.
“We hear of these new managers who come and do well. Look at Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves. Nobody had heard of him and he came in and did a great job.
“There are managers out there that the sporting director will know.
“I can just see Spurs are not going to give a manager loads and loads of money. Whatever manager comes in is one that will have to accept that and a top manager won’t accept that.
“It’s going to be a strange summer for Spurs.”
Paratici targets two Juventus stars
Meanwhile, Fabio Paratici is already looking to make his mark on Tottenham, with two more Juventus stars on his radar.
The Italian is close to being appointed as the club’s next sporting director, having agreed to quit Juve after 11 years in Turin. During his time there, Paratici played a major role in the club’s return to becoming the dominant force in Serie A.
A report on Monday stated that the 48-year-old could play a part in Tottenham finally sealing a deal for long-term target Paulo Dybala.
And now Calcio reports that veteran centre-back Leonardo Bonucci could head to the Premier League.
News of that potential deal first broke on Saturday, although at 34 years of age it does appear unlikely. Signing players that old is not a route Daniel Levy normally likes to take.
The second link does make more sense, however, with versatile midfielder Dejan Kulusevski also tipped to join.
The Sweden star, who can also play as a winger, was outstanding for Juve last season. He notched seven goals in 47 appearances for the Turin outfit and has also been linked with Manchester United.
The 21-year-old will be in the shop window when he features for his country at the upcoming Euros. And the report states that while Juve would be open to discussions over both players, getting deals over the line could be more troublesome.