On the latest video for his YouTube channel, football.london reporter Alasdair Gold has been discussing the latest goings-on at Tottenham Hotspur, reflecting on the 1-1 draw against Newcastle United last weekend, and shedding some light on the latest transfer news surrounding the club.
One topic of conversation on his recent video was why Spurs might be struggling for transfer funds at the moment, as they look to conclude some more business before the transfer window shuts on 5th October.
The Lilywhites have already brought in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon for a combined fee of £57.06 million, whilst Joe Hart has joined on a free transfer, and Gareth Bale has returned to the North London club on loan from Real Madrid (per Transfermarkt).
In terms of outgoings, the Lilywhites have brought in £11.97 million from the sale of Kyle Walker-Peters to Southampton, resulting in a net spend of £45.09 million, and considering the financial impact of the current viral outbreak, you can perhaps understand why the club may be struggling for further transfer funds at the moment.
Here’s what Gold had to say about the situation during his video:
“Spurs have had a big transfer window in who they’ve brought in but they need to sell.
“They need to sell [Danny] Rose, [Juan] Foyth pretty much needs to go out the door now, Cameron Carter-Vickers [needs to leave on] either a loan or a permanent move. They want to loan out Ryan Sessegnon now.”
“It’s about getting it done, get these players out the door, get the money in. You’ve got to make decisions on Serge Aurier and Paulo Gazzaniga. If you get offers for them, are you going to let them go?
“With Aurier, does that mean you bring in another right-back? Gazzaniga, the same, do you bring in another ‘keeper or do you let Alfie Whiteman and Brandon Austin come in?
“Spurs massively stalled on players getting out the door. Only Kyle Walker-Peters really is the one that’s gone out the door and brought some money in and that’s why they’re struggling.
“They need more funds, that’s limiting them to loaning because I think there’s a fear that they will buy a player and then not be able to sell, and they’re going to leave themselves in a massive deficit and have real issues because financially, they’re struggling.”
From what Gold suggests, Spurs may have waited too long to sell the likes of Rose, Foyth, Aurier and Gazzaniga and that means they currently don’t have the funds to complete the transfer business they are looking to conclude before the window shuts.
Do you think Spurs should have worked harder to sell fringe players in order to raise funds?
The worry seems to be that Spurs will sanction big-money moves, perhaps for Milan Skriniar who has been reported to be Mourinho’s top target, but then not be able to move on some of the players who have been deemed surplus to requirements, which could cause the club to suffer financially as a result.