Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho says there will be new signings at the club ahead of next season but what will that transfer window look like?
With Spurs estimating £200million in losses this financial year and taking out a £175million loan facility from the Bank of England that they expressly said will not be used for transfers, money is going to be tight for the north London outfit.
“You have now examples already of clubs investing and making important movements in the market and we are still not at the end of the season,” said Mourinho.
“We know that we are not going to be in the same league, in the same world, as clubs that are going to do completely different to us.
“But would I expect us not to do anything and to stay exactly with the same squad that we have in this moment? My answer is no.
“I expect us to do some little important things and if we do our little important things and we improve in two, three positions that we need to improve in the squad, I am completely open to the challenge.
“I am completely supportive to the board, to the owners.
“We are going to improve our squad in the way we can do it. No problem.”
With that financial landsacpe in mind we’ve taken a look at what the best and worst case scenarios could look like at the club when the transfer window opens at the end of this season.
Spurs fans know what this one looks like because they’ve been here before.
The worst case scenario for Tottenham would be, as they did in the two transfer windows ahead of and during the 2018/19 season, to sit still and do nothing and let everyone around them move past them.
Realistically, even in a worst case scenario, Tottenham are incredibly unlikely to part with any key first team players this summer.
The market isn’t there for it and many will be willing to see what Mourinho will bring.
Whether you agree with some of his methods or not, he has guaranteed silverware at every clubs he’s been at the past 20 years.
That means the biggest problem for Spurs would be chairman Daniel Levy not backing Mourinho in the coming window and ending up as the one club he fails to win trophies at.
The Portuguese maintains he can challenge for the title next season with Spurs but he needs new faces.
The worst case scenario would be Spurs bungling efforts to bring in the players Mourinho specifically wants, him rejecting their alternatives and failing to sell those in his current squad that he can do without.
This scenario would mean no new striker to help ease the load on Harry Kane and failing to add a new defensive midfielder and right-back to the squad.
This worst case would also involve Tanguy Ndombele‘s relationship with Mourinho deteriorating to such an extent that the Frenchman hands in a transfer request, yet in true Tottenham style the saga is drawn out until the final day of the window.
With nobody willing to match Spurs’ £80million price tag, Ndombele is eventually sent out loan to PSG to maintain a happy camp but meaning Tottenham don’t even have the funds to replace him before the window closes.
Mourinho implodes in his first press conference after the window closes, naming and shaming those involved in the various transfer bungles and making it clear that it’s going to be another tough season for Spurs.
A collective, weary sigh is heard in the Tottenham area.
Tottenham act cleverly, within their means, to improve their squad and deliver exactly what Mourinho wants.
Outgoing deals are done swiftly and early in the window.
Jan Vertonghen and Michel Vorm leave the club on free transfers to seek pastures new.
Kyle Walker-Peters impresses in the run-in for Southampton and the south coast club agree a deal to make the young right-back’s move permanent.
Those talks result in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, in the last year of the 24-year-old’s contract, making the move in the opposite direction to bolster Mourinho’s central midfield options with the Walker-Peters fee forming a hefty chunk of the deal.
Danny Rose also joins Newcastle United on a permanent deal while Cameron Carter-Vickers is sold on his return from his Luton loan deal to continue his career in the Championship.
Juan Foyth decides that he needs more game time if he is to remain an Argentina international. His price tag is raised due to a battle for his services between PSG, who wanted the young defender back in 2017 and look to him as a long-term successor to Thiago Silva, and promoted Leeds, where Marcelo Bielsa wants his young compatriot. In the end the Yorkshire side win the battle, with Foyth swayed by Bielsa and proving his ability to succeed in the Premier League.
With Spurs needing to bolster their homegrown options, they use a large chunk of the money gained from selling those three defenders to sign 20-year-old Max Aarons from relegated Norwich City.
At the other end of the age scale the club tie up a free transfer for Willian.
While they have plenty of options in the position – Mourinho says he’s delighted with his ‘six attacking options’ – and with QPR’s £20m price tag on Eberechi Eze considered too steep, the Spurs boss decides that the Brazilian’s winning mentality and understanding of his methods make him an important squad addition and is just too much of a bargain without a fee.
In another free move, Spurs snap up Malang Sarr. The 21-year-old Nice centre-back, who can also play at left-back, joins Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez and Japhet Tanganga to balance out Mourinho’s centre-back options with a left-footer.
This is Tottenham Hotspur though so there’s always going to be something left until the final days of the window and of course it’s regarding the striker issue.
Spurs are able to free up some funds due to the scheduling of a string of lucrative stadium events and concerts for later in the year as well as a kinder than expected deal over TV revenue rebate money.
They are able to sign Mourinho’s first choice striker target, Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik, also in the final year of his contract, after the Portuguese makes a personal call to the 26-year-old Poland international, who rejects overtures from Juventus and Atletico Madrid to link up with Spurs.
In turn Tottenham agree a loan deal for Troy Parrott to head to QPR until January and tell the teenage striker that if he hits the goal trail in the Championship he will be brought back in January to compete for a place in the squad.
Mourinho and Ndombele also hold an important meeting where the Spurs boss spells out exactly how big a role the Frenchman will have in his team for the coming campaign and the midfielder fully commits himself to the season ahead.