Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in some expensive defensive purchases and these four first-teamers could be sold to fund them.
Mauricio Pochettino is still biding his time before making his first Tottenham Hotspur signing since being appointed as boss, with Spurs’ transfer window being surprisingly quiet so far.
The club are desperate to avoid making the same mistakes as they did last year, when they brought in an influx of new players to cover for Gareth Bale’s departure – only to find the majority of new faces struggle to adapt to the Premier League.
However, there is a feeling that Spurs are cautiously waiting to identify the correct players before making any signings and, although little progress in the transfer window has been made so far, additions are expected in the coming weeks.
If the North-London club were able to get all four of their reported transfer targets it would certainly be a statement of intent ahead of the new season and would freshen up a weak back-line, but it would also likely cost around £60million in transfer fees, if they were to pay their current club’s asking prices.
That would be a major outlay for a club without Championship League football, but Spurs have a big squad as it stands and they may be able to fund their lavish spending-plans with the sales of some of the players already in the team.
Here are four players who could depart and go some way to creating the income to allow them to bring in all of the stars on Pochettino's wishlist.
Roberto Soldado (£15million)
Roberto Soldado’s first season in England did not go to plan. He was brought in for a club record fee of £26 million from Valencia, but never lived up to expectations – scoring just six goals.
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The frontman was expected to provide the goals needed to push Spurs into the top four, but instead he fell behind Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane in the pecking order at White Hart Lane and the stats show just how badly he struggled.
Soldado missed 10 clear-cut-chances over the course of the season, whilst he also managed less than one shot on target per game.
Pochettino was expected to give him a chance to prove himself under his stewardship, but recent reports suggest that he could be a target for Inter Milan and, despite the considerable loss Spurs would make on him, he would allow them to gain a significant amount of income this summer.
Another of Spurs’ 2013 summer signings who have failed to perform, Paulinho joined Tottenham after a hugely impressive Confederations Cup in the Brazil side, but has not recreated that sort of form since moving to White Hart Lane.
Instead, he has been wasteful in possession, guilty of missing big chances on regular occasions and not involved enough to justify the demand for his signature when Spurs signed him.
The club and the player already look a poor match and with Juventus’ reported interest offering him a reprieve it may be best for both to move on.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8million)
Nobody can doubt Gylfi Sigurdsson’s commitment to the Tottenham cause, but there is a question whether he has the ability to play in a side chasing the Championship League.
A creative influence on any side, on his day Sigurdsson can be a match winner, but he goes missing too often to justify a regular starting place and it seems that he could be on his way out of White Hart Lane this summer.
Crystal Palace have reportedly had an offer of £8 million accepted for the Icelandic international and it seems a good move for the player, who will be a key man with the Eagles, and for Spurs – who can reinvest the money elsewhere.
Michael Dawson (£4million)
A defensive stalwart for Spurs, Michael Dawson will always be remembered fondly at White Hart Lane, but there is a sense that it is now time for him to move on.
Pochettino favours playing with a high defensive line and Dawson’s lack of pace can be exposed in that sort of system, meaning his lack of first-team chances may be limited this campaign.
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Last season was not his most reliable in a Tottenham shirt, with the experienced defender making too many errors in an often shambolic defence and a move to Hull City could happen.
Although these four sales do not entirely make up the planned expenditure from the club this summer, they go a good way to doing so and with the influx of cash Spurs received for Bale funding last season’s spending they are in a healthy financial position, meaning it would enable them to make Pochettino’s desired transfers.