Tottenham Hotspur will certainly be busy in the transfer market this summer, and they proved last year that missing out on the Champions League does not stop top players coming to White Hart Lane, but how could it affect their reported chase for these five players?
Nick Harris takes a look at Spurs five 'most wanted' and asks if they are still possibilities.
The Porto midfielder has longed been linked with a move to join Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham Hotspur, and although Spurs’ interest might have waned slightly after Mousa Dembele’s fantastic year, Moutinho is likely still on their radar. Missing out on the Champions League could be important here, as if Moutinho could either stay at Porto and play in Europe’s top competition, or perhaps move to Monaco and make a fortune. Also Moutinho would likely cost well over £20million, something Spurs might not be willing to splash out now.
The perpetual rumour, Damiao might be Spurs top target for a new striker this summer. Given he will be coming from Brazil, this is one move that should not be greatly affected by Spurs finishing fifth in terms of the player’s own aspirations. There will be plenty of other challenges, involving third party ownership in particular, but if Damiao wants a move to Europe, Spurs will be an attractive destination.
The Villa to Spurs bandwagon has speeded up in recent weeks, with the striker prepared to leave Barcelona to secure guaranteed first team football this summer. Villa will certainly have offers from Champions League teams, perhaps even including Arsenal, and if the striker is looking for a last hurrah in the competition then Spurs are now off the menu.
Spurs have reportedly entered the race for the Blackpool in the last couple of months, and this is one battle that will not be decided by Champions League football. Their main rivals are apparently Liverpool and Inter, both who have no European football next season, and Ince will probably be deciding his future based on money and first team chances.
The Aston Villa striker will be the subject of plenty of speculation this summer after his fantastic debut season in England, and Spurs are rumoured to be among the most interested clubs. Having secured their survival, Villa will be confident of keeping Benteke, and without Champions League football, Spurs might struggle to tempt the Belgian away from the Midlands this summer.
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