Tottenham are reportedly ready to listen for offers for as many as eight first-team players this summer as they look to appease boss Antonio Conte and keep him at the club.
The Italian has made it abundantly clear that his first-team squad needs an overhaul if Spurs are to challenge for major honours under his management. However, there have been question marks over whether Daniel Levy will commit to such a strategy.
French giants PSG have been tipped to swoop for Conte, if they decide to part company with Mauricio Pochettino.
That, in turn, has led to rumours of Tottenham already lining up a replacement in the shape of Brighton chief Graham Potter.
However, in order to try and keep Conte away from potential suitors, the London Evening Standard claims that sporting director Fabio Paratici will take a ruthless approach to transfer dealings this summer – and that spells trouble for a number of Spurs players.
The report adds Paratici is aware of the club’s previous failure to get rid of highly paid fringe players. However, he will only do so at the right price.
The first names mentioned for the exit door are forward Steven Bergwijn and Harry Winks.
Netherlands star Bergwijn almost returned to his homeland in January but Conte opted to keep him around.
That proved to be a wise decision, with the winger popping up with some crucial goals off the bench. However, he remains a fringe player at best and Tottenham know they can fetch good money for him.
Big-name midfield trio set for exit
As for Winks, the England man will be well down the midfield pecking order once Oliver Skipp returns next season and there will be no shortage of interest in his signature.
Giovani Lo Celso, a favourite with the Tottenham fans, will also likely be offloaded. The Argentine is currently enjoying a successful loan spell at Champions League semi-finalists Villarreal. A full-time move back to Spain would not come as a surprise at all.
Record signing Tanguy Ndombele is next on the list and that will not come as a great surprise.
The enigmatic Frenchman has never fulfilled his potential in north London. He is also currently struggling a little on loan at Lyon.
The club’s former record buy Davinson Sanchez also appears to be on his way. He’s not featured since Conte decided on Cristian Romero, Eric Dier and Ben Davies as his back three.
Sergio Reguilon could also be on the chopping block after failing to convince Conte of his qualities. Real Madrid could active their buy-back clause on the left-back, while Atletico Madrid are also keen.
Rodon never given a chance
A player who’s not done much wrong when called upon is Joe Rodon. The Wales international is a quality performer but just cannot force his way into Conte’s thinking.
The final pair mentioned in the report are attacker Lucas Moura and right-back Matt Doherty.
Brazilian Moura was first-choice before Dejan Kulusevski arrived from Juventus in January.
The Swede has been a revelation, but Moura was given a chance to show his qualities again in the recent win over Leicester after Kulusevksi was dropped. However, he failed to take in a disappointing display and was hauled off. And that could have been the final straw for Conte.
Another player who could deem himself a little unlucky is full-back Doherty. The Republic of Ireland star has been much improved under Conte, either playing on the right or left.
However, he suffered an injury at just the wrong time and Conte will likely upgrade the wing-back position.
Eight to go leaves Paratici work to do
Offloading all eight of those players could fetch anything between £150-200m in an ideal world. However, we don’t leave in an ideal world and the likelihood of that big an overhaul of the Tottenham squad in one summer window appears extremely unlikely.
Conte and Paratici will likely add two new wing-backs, a centre-back, a central midfielder and another striker to back-up Harry Kane. But that is likely to be it in terms on incomings, so selling eight players does seem steep and would weaken the overall squad.
We would certainly expect the likes of Ndombele, Lo Celso, Winks, Rodon and potentially Sanchez to go. However, the other names mentioned are all strong squad options for Conte and fairly useful to call on when required.