Tottenham Hotspur’s budget concerns for this summer have been well-documented, and it seems that Jose Mourinho understands his restrictions.
The global pandemic has hit Tottenham financially, especially with money owed both for previous transfers and for their new stadium.
Its therefore hard to see Tottenham splashing the cash this summer. In fact, 90Min now report that Mourinho has asked Daniel Levy for five free agent signings.
Thomas Meunier has gone to Borussia Dortmund, so he won’t be one of them. That begs the question though; who is Mourinho eyeing?
Centre back could be a key area to strengthen with Jan Vertonghen leaving the club, and a couple of names stand out in that area: Brazilian star Thiago Silva and French talent Malang Sarr.
Silva is leaving PSG, and would provide a real experienced leader to replace Vertonghen. He is 35 though, and if Spurs would rather go with a young, left-footed option then Sarr makes sense.
The 21-year-old has chosen to leave Nice this summer, and whilst he isn’t the biggest of centre backs, his versatility to play at left back too should be hugely appealing.
Midfield could be an area to strengthen, but there are limited options available. Adam Lallana is one option as he prepares to leave Liverpool, but Tottenham may need more of a defensive-minded option than another playmaker.
Out wide, Willian and Ryan Fraser have both been heavily linked with Tottenham, and could bring some more attacking quality to Mourinho’s side.
Yet with Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela already at the club and both players most likely demanding huge wages, they could still be difficult signings to fit in.
Mourinho would no doubt love a striker to come in and support Harry Kane, but it’s slim pickings on the free agent market. Edinson Cavani is likely out of reach, but Artem Dzyuba makes some sense.
The 31-year-old recently claimed to Sport Express that Mourinho directly contacted him to come and join Spurs in January, helping fill in for the injured Kane.
The Russian hitman claims Spurs ‘really wanted’ him, and he will become a free agent within a matter of days. A huge target man presence with 17 goals and 12 assists this season, Dzyuba could be the ideal game-changing striker for Tottenham without paying a penny.
It’s hard to tell who Mourinho wants, but we would take a guess at Silva, Sarr, Willian, Fraser and Dzyuba being on the radar in line with this demand.