Tottenham Transfer Targets
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Tottenham had their best ever Premier League campaign in 2016/17 accumulating their best ever points total under Mauricio Pochettino as they finished second to Chelsea. Despite a good run in the FA Cup, they struggled in Europe and with a move to Wembley beckoning, Spurs need a big transfer window to secure a top four spot as they head back to White Hart Lane in 2018. We take a look at their summer transfer targets.
The Guardian reported on Wednesday that Tottenham are considering a £15M move for Borussia Dortmund centre-back Matthias Ginter, but face competition from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for his signing. Hoffenheim need a replacement for Niklas Sule, who has joined Bayern Munich for €20M but Mauricio Pochettino's long-term interest in the German international could prove pivotal.
Spurs were interested in signing the 23-year-old last summer, with Pochettino admiring Ginter for his tactical flexibility and comfort from playing out of defence. Pochettino stated at the end of the season that Spurs must be smart in the transfer market, they cannot compete with Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea Arsenal and Liverpool financially. Spending £30m on Michael Keane isn't a viable option, but spending £15m on Matthias Ginter could be value for Spurs.
Ginter played in 29 league games and eight Champions League games for Dortmund in 2016/17, averaging 1.3 tackles in the Bundesliga and 1.4 in the Champions League and averaging 1.5 interceptions in the Bundesliga. His experience at just 23-years-old will be a key factor for Pochettino as he looks to expand his squad, particularly in the Champions League where Spurs fell significantly short last season.
Spurs have two top class centre-backs in Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, while Eric Dier is establishing himself as a versatile option, capable of playing in both defence and midfield but Pochettino needs to bolster his squad ahead of their Premier League and Champions League campaign.
Probable Transfer Fee: £15-20M
Ryan Sessegnon is one of the hottest prospects in English football with Liverpool, Manchester United and Spurs all vying for the teenager's signature. Spurs have been interested in the 17-year-old since the start of the season where Daniel Levy reportedly made an offer for the Fulham defender.
Sessegnon had a breakthrough season at Fulham, impressing for Slavisa Jokanovic's side as they reached the Play-Offs, missing out after losing to Reading. The 17-year-old netted five goals and added three assists in 26 league games while he netted two in two FA Cup appearances.
Primarily playing as a left-back for Fulham last season, Sessegnon is capable of playing as either left-back, left midfield or attacking midfield. His performance playing in attacking midfield against Newcastle springs to mind, where he netted two goals in eight minutes at St James' Park as Fulham recorded a 3-1 victory over the Magpies, which has catapulted Sessegnon even further as a 'wonder kid'.
The left-back turned 17 in May and is now legally allowed to sign his first professional contract and is holding off signing a new contract with Fulham, in turn, this has given Spurs hope of signing Sessegnon for around £12 million. Mauricio Pochettino has a proven track record of bringing in English talent and giving them a chance in the first team, which could lead to Spurs signing the highly-coveted youngster.
Probable Transfer Fee: £10-15M
A position that Spurs are heavily pursuing is attacking midfield/wingers. Moussa Sissoko has been a £30m flop, Georges-Kevin N'Koudou isn't quite at the level Spurs require. Son-Heung min had a fantastic season at Spurs but was regularly used as a second-striker while Erik Lamela's Spurs career has been ravaged by injuries.
Tottenham was interested in taking Max Meyer last summer only to be rebuffed by Schalke, but Spurs have been given a transfer boost this summer as the Schalke midfielder has reportedly turned down a new contract. Meyer has just one year left on his current deal for the Bundesliga club, which could result in Spurs getting Meyer for a much cheaper fee than last summer, valued around £14million, although Schalke may be prepared to see out his contract to June 2018.
If I left Schalke and was going to play football in any other league in Europe I would like to move to England.
Spurs need a proven player with a regular output of goals and assists if he is to rival Son, but Meyer's 2016/17 campaign was incredibly underwhelming. The 21-year-old netted just two goals and added two assists in 38 games in all comps for Schalke, not quite at the level that Spurs require. However, Pochettino has proven in his three years in charge of Spurs of enhancing the talent he has available in his squad, he's stated they need to be smart in the transfer market and not spend big, if it comes down to money and Meyer is the cheaper option, Spurs may have to settle for the Schalke attacking midfielder.
Probable Transfer Fee: £15-20M
Everton's Ross Barkley has been heavily linked with a move down south to Tottenham Hotspur. Ronald Koeman and Barkley's relationship has deteriorated over the course of the season, with Koeman stating he wanted more effort from Barkley and as recently as May, Koeman set Barkley a deadline to commit to a new deal. However, Koeman is not confident Barkley will sign a contract extension due to Barkley's amount of time considering the new deal.
This has led to speculation that Spurs are ready to enter negotiations with Everton and Ross Barkley to bring him to the north London club with Barkley entering the last year of his deal at Goodison Park. Ronald Koeman will look to cash in on the playmaker to avoid losing him on a free transfer in 2018, but Spurs may be put off by the £30m price tag.
Barkley had a decent season by his standards, netting five goals and eight assists in 36 league games but has netted more goals in two of his last four seasons for Everton. This was an issue for Koeman throughout the season, stating he needed more goals and creativity from midfield which was particularly aimed at Barkley.
The 23-year-old obviously has talent but has failed to perform consistently in his time at Everton but looked a happier player in his time under Roberto Martinez, a manager that he trusted. Mauricio Pochettino could be the man to invigorate his career, and Spurs are keen to buy the player if the chance arises, but they could be put off by the £30 million fee.
Probable Transfer Fee: £30-35M
Tottenham are desperate to bring in a winger of immense quality ahead of their move to Wembley. The pitch at Wembley is bigger than what Spurs are used to at White Hart Lane, a possible reason why they have struggled at the home of English football. However, another reason could be that why Spurs like to break on the counter, they don't have the personnel to do so and bringing in Douglas Costa as a pacy, attacking winger could be the final piece in their attacking jigsaw.
Douglas Costa has struggled for first-team football this season, and according to Bild, Bayern Munich are willing to offload the Brazilian winger so they can make room for their own summer signings, with Costa valued at around £30m by the Bundesliga champions.
The move seems more likely with Costa and Bayern president Uli Hoeness relationship becoming fractured over the season, with Hoeness warning Costa that his "desperate attempts" to get an improved deal would not work. Costa responded and admitted he's considering his options, with Juventus, Spurs and Liverpool potential destinations.
There are contacts with teams from England, Spain and also France. I am still under contract with Bayern until 2020, I have three more years. Of course, football is a business, Bayern simply has to accept a bid and the others pay what they have to pay.
Spurs face competition with Serie A giants Juventus for his signature, with Juve making the first step to signing the winger with an opening bid of around £21m. If Spurs can beat Juventus to the signing of Douglas Costa, it would be a massive coup for the club, but they face a tough task.
Probable Transfer Fee: £30-35M
Yet another winger Tottenham are linked with this summer is Monaco's, Thomas Lemar. The Frenchman was fantastic for Monaco in both the Champions League and Ligue 1, as they lifted the domestic title while progressing to the Champions League semi-finals.
The 21-year-old netted 14 goals and added 14 assists in 51 games for Monaco last season, while his performances against Spurs in the group stages caught Mauricio Pochettino's eye as he netted in both fixtures as Monaco beat Spurs 2-1 at Wembley and Stade Louis II.
L'Equipe reports Spurs have been in contact with Lemar's representatives and have been clear that they want to use a large proportion of their summer transfer budget this summer on an attacking player. However, many of Europe's elite are linked with a move for the winger with Arsenal, Man City, Chelsea and Juventus linked with the 21-year-old. A £25m fee has been reported to lure Thomas Lemar away from Monaco but it's unclear whether Monaco are willing to sell one of their best players this summer.
Tottenham need quality and quantity for the upcoming season, with Thomas Lemar one of the biggest prospects in European football. He's a significant upgrade on Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou if they can bring in Lemar for under £30m, it will be a masterstroke from Levy and Pochettino, but they face stiff competition from Arsenal and Chelsea.
Probable Transfer Fee: £25-35M
After a stellar season up top for Bournemouth, Josh King is attracting attention from teams in the top six, with Spurs keen on a summer move for the 25-year-old striker. There were high hopes from Spurs for Vincent Janssen after his move from AZ Alkmaar but just six goals in all comps for Spurs is a reminder that they may need a better backup striker for Harry Kane as they fight on four fronts next season.
Josh King netted 16 goals in 36 Premier League games for Bournemouth, 13 goals coming in 2017 - only Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku had better records than the Norway international in 2017. His performances has caught the interest of Tottenham, with the player admitting that he is pleased Spurs have recognised his talents; which has added fuel to the fire over a potential move to the Premier League runners-up, for a fee reported to be around £15m.
Mauricio Pochettino will appreciate that Josh King, a former youth product of Manchester United, is a grounded individual who will continue to work hard.
People are saying I've had a great season but my family, my dad back home in Norway, are all saying to me: You have got to give more. Step it up. Put your name on people's lips. Every day the gaffer says I need to do this, or that, to work harder. He says to me: You have had two seasons in the Premier League but you have to do more.
That kind of mentality and work-rate is what will attract Mauricio Pochettino to signing Josh King, but Spurs know they may have to battle with Everton for his signature with Romelu Lukaku set to leave the Merseyside club for around £70 million.
Probable Transfer Fee: £15-20M
Note: Odds are subject to change