Everton have performed a U-turn on the idea of signing Harry Winks, while the news is mixed on two further Tottenham exits.
Tottenham conducted the majority of their business bright and early this summer. Six first-teamers arrived before July 19, with Destiny Udogie raising that tally to seven earlier this week.
Left-back Udogie has returned to Udinese on a season-long loan, while today’s Transfer Gossip revealed who could be signing number eight.
Regardless, the bulk of Spurs’ moves on the arrivals end now appears to have concluded. The coming weeks in north London are expected to focus on exits.
Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele have both left on loan. Lo Celso has returned to Villarreal after impressing on loan last season, while Ndombele is trying his hand in Italy with Napoli.
The pair were among a Tottenham quartet training away from the core group since the beginning of pre-season. Harry Winks and Sergio Reguilon were the others.
Reguilon was linked with Atalanta on Wednesday, though talk of a Winks move has gone conspicuously quiet.
Lampard drives Harry Winks decision
Everton had emerged as a potential landing spot earlier this summer with Frank Lampard viewing him as an ideal candidate to help revamp his midfield.
However, according to the Times, Lampard took a closer look at precisely what sort of player he’d be acquiring and has decided against moving for Winks.
Exactly what it was he didn’t like isn’t stated, though the end result is clear, Harry Winks will not be moving to Goodison.
Rosier outlook on two other exits
The outlook on two further exits involving Bryan Gil and Pape Sarr is far rosier.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano tweeted 19-year-old midfielder Sarr has interest from multiple Serie A sides
Sarr joined Tottenham from Metz last summer before being loaned back to France for a year. Another loan exit is on the cards this time around.
Regarding Gil, Romano added ‘negotiations continue’ to send the 21-year-old winger back to Valencia.
Gil moved to the Mestalla on a six-month loan in January and by all accounts, impressed while there.
Valencia are termed ‘insisting’ on bring Gil back, presumably on another loan. Technical director Fabio Paratici is described as ‘working on it’ right now.
Winks outlook bleak if he stays
Should the 26-year-old not find a new suitor, his chances of attaining regular minutes in north London are extremely slim.
Yves Bissouma, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur will all share minutes in the double pivot role.
That threesome will likely interchange regularly, as Thomas Tuchel has done so expertly with N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.
Oliver Skipp is also ahead of Winks in the pecking order, relegating Winks to fifth-choice at best.
In further bad news for Winks, Tottenham’s qualification for the Champions League will rule out his chances of earning minutes in Europe.
Spurs could’ve fielded Winks in a much-changed eleven if they had only qualified for the less important Europa League.
However, the UCL takes no prisoners and Conte will not be afforded the luxury of resting and rotating his star men at will in that particular competition.
Clearly, a Winks exit in the next fortnight looks the best outcome for all involved.