Could Tottenham Hotspur's previous transfer mistakes see them hold back on making substantial bids for targets this summer?
Back in April a report from the London Evening Standard claimed Tottenham Hotspur were focusing on signing players for between £10million and £15million and now that same newspaper claims that has led to doubts over whether they are serious about signing Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke this summer.
The claim comes in a story relating to Tottenham’s alleged interest in the Belgian international, who has a £32.5million release-clause and as such is suggested to be out of the reach of the North London club if they stick to their earlier intention of reining in their spending.
The Standard claims Tottenham are not considering signing players valued at more than £15million following the disappointing performances of some of their recent big-money additions, with Lamela and Roberto Soldado mentioned in the piece.
Signed for a combined fee of £56million, neither player has yet justified the outlay, although in the case of the Argentine international he suffered a serious injury in his debut season and has considerable promise.
As clubs – including Spurs themselves – have proved time and time again, there are plenty of bargains out there, but they may struggle to sign the players who can push them back into the top four if they limit their expenditure in such a way.
It remains to be seen if the reported limit will be deemed 'breakable' if certain players become available, but it does raise the question: Will Levy be prepared to write such a hefty cheque having been burned before?