Truth about Antonio Conte and Tottenham, Roberto Martinez, Son contract and the club’s finances

LustForLife: “Thoughts on Tottenham’s summer transfer budget?”

Alasdair says: “Spurs need to sell to raise transfer funds this summer. They’re struggling financially, with most of their value sunk into property, more than £800m in long-term and have a short-term £175m Bank of England loan to pay off in full by March 2022.

“Daniel Levy is going to have to be very creative with deals this summer and hope other clubs, most also struggling, find the money to buy the players Spurs don’t want to keep.”

F Bear: “Is there any current plan to expand Steve Hitchen’s role to a more typical director of football or hire someone in that position to put him back as chief scout?”

Alasdair says: “As far as I’m aware, Steve Hitchen is currently the club’s director of football, albeit with the title ‘technical performance director’. If someone else in such a role were to come in at any point, it would be to replace him rather than to put him back into his old job.”

ComeOnspurs123: “Is Antonio Conte a real possibility? Can we expect announcement in a week’s time?”

Alasdair says: “Conte wasn’t one of the candidates for the Tottenham job previously, however as he has now left Inter Milan it does mean he is suddenly free and available and an attractive proposition.

“You can never rule anything out with Tottenham Hotspur and you can see why he would be a lure for Levy.

“The main issue I’d see with Conte is that he requires expensive signings to create the squad he wants. A lot of money was spent on his squad at Inter and it was the same at Chelsea. Tottenham don’t have much money to spend this summer unless they can shift various players and they need someone who will want to work with what they’ve got and coach the best out of them and the younger players with a few important new additions that won’t break the bank.

“The question is whether the lure of bringing in another big name, one with title-winning experience to appease the fans after Jose Mourinho proves too much for Levy.

“In terms of a timeframe for the next manager, Spurs are hoping to appoint their man within the next seven or eight days.”

mbranda41: If Roberto Martinez is appointed manager, what do you think that means for Kane’s immediate future? Do you think Martinez would be viewed positively or negatively by the most important players on the club?

Rob says: “Well Toby Alderweireld knows all about Martinez anyway having played under him at Belgium and he will fill everyone in if he does get the job. His time at Everton didn’t end well but his attacking philosophy would certainly go down well with the club’s attackers. However, we understand he’s someone Spurs like but he’s not believed to be a candidate right now for the position.”

tawanz: “Any clue as to what positions we’ve prioritised in the summer?”

Rob says: Centre-back is going to be top priority for Tottenham this summer and the club would ideally like to bring in two in. However, to do so they will need to move a couple on and that may be easier said than done. A new right-back could well be on the cards given Serge Aurier will soon be in the final year of his contract, while Tottenham could also do with a creative midfielder as that’s an area they are lacking. Up front also needs looking at with Carlos Vinicius likely to return to Benfica and the uncertainty over Harry Kane’s future.”

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Jamie20: “With a new manager expected within the next week or so, is there any chances of incomings/outgoings before or during the Euros or will we likely see a lot of clubs including Spurs doing most of their business after?”

Rob says: “Top priority at the moment is going to be appointing a new manager and then going from there. I think the majority of clubs will be doing business after the Euros as it will be extremely tricky to complete any deals either before or during the tournament with many involved in the competition. It’s just over two weeks until Euro 2020 starts so there’s limited time for clubs to buy or sell before then.”

tawanz: “Any hint as to whether or not there’s an interest in a backup striker? Carlos Vinicius’ loan is expiring. Would we be going to make his deal permanent or is there another striker lined up?”

Rob says: “You’d have to say it’s unlikely that his move will be made permanent as Daniel Levy will not want to pay the £36m clause in his loan deal to secure him on a long-term contract. Of course Spurs could try and drive that price right down or try move for him on loan again next season but it’s all really going to depend on the new manager’s plans. It proved costly in 2019/20 when Spurs had no out-and-out striker to replace Harry Kane when he was injured so I think it’s somewhere they need to strengthen. Obviously Dane Scarlett and Troy Parrott could come into the new manager’s thinking but he may want some more experience in that area of the pitch.”

strapuccino says: “Are either of Pochettino or Conte serious candidates currently?”

Rob says: “As Alasdair has mentioned above, Conte was not one of the candidates for the Tottenham job previously. Pochettino is also not believed to be a candidate for the Tottenham job amid reports he is seriously considering returning. He would only come into the frame if his situation at PSG changes and he showed an interest in returning.”

DarrenDilly: “There was news today about Joachim Andersen wanting to move to Spurs and now it is between Tottenham and Lyon to make the deal, do you think we are waiting to name a manager before going after the player?”

Alasdair says: “Andersen is certainly a player that Spurs like and have tracked for a while. Of course the new manager has to come in and be happy with such a player. As Tottenham have lacked a leader at the back it would be a surprise if he didn’t give it the green light unless he has someone else in mind.”



Son Heung-min models the new strip. (Image: Tottenham Hotspur).
Son Heung-min models the new Tottenham home kit (Image: Tottenham Hotspur).

JoeyG10: “What’s the outlook for Son Heung-min’s future at Spurs? Am worried that he’s not signed that new deal yet considering he’s probably good enough to be playing for a Champions League club.”

Alasdair says: “The deal with Son was close to being wrapped up during the season but perhaps the timing wasn’t right with everything gone on in the world. I’d be surprised if it’s not finalised this summer. He’s a huge player for Spurs, even with his dip in form with the team in 2021, and from a marketing point of view he’s also a huge money spinner for the club.”

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MatthewJWoolley: “How realistic is a cash plus players deal for Harry Kane in this window?”

Rob says: “Tottenham don’t want to lose Harry Kane and it would take a substantial offer just to get them to the table to discuss a potential deal. There are only a few clubs in the world who could afford the Spurs man at present and he’s already made it clear that he does not want to move abroad.

“Clubs are going to have to be rather inventive in the transfer market this year with limited revenue coming in over the past 12 months due to the pandemic, thus meaning we could well see a number of cash plus player deals. It’s the only way some may be able to afford Kane but the ball is in Tottenham’s court and they will not want to part with their main man.”

Mohamed11ashraf: “Would Spurs be willing to take a loss on Davinson Sanchez?”

Rob says: “Tottenham may have to take a loss on Davinson Sanchez if they are to upgrade their defence as he is the club’s most valuable centre-back out of the ones currently at the club.

“Tottenham need to raise money for incomings through player sales and it may well mean the Colombian goes even though it doesn’t represent good business from a Spurs perspective at selling someone for a loss.”

macro spurs: “Hi Alasdair , when you mentioned that the top candidate would test Spurs’ financial resolve, do you mean that his salary will be high or it is also related to funds allocated for transfers?”

Alasdair says: “A bit of everything, paying their club compensation for them, the whole financial package and what comes next.”

joshspurs1: “Is it more likely that Oliver Skipp stays and Harry Winks leaves or the other way around with Skippy going back out on loan?”

Rob says: “That’s all going to be down to the new manager. Oliver Skipp really made a big impression at Norwich on loan and he will be intent on earning a place in the Tottenham XI next season.

“That could well see him move ahead of Harry Winks in the pecking order and the midfielder may need to move on from Spurs if he is to play regularly. Norwich have made it clear to Tottenham that they would like Skipp back next campaign.”

zachchaplin1: “Is there any chance the club could move for Jack Grealish if we were able to raise money from midfield sales plus or inject some cash?”

Alasdair says: “Spurs were very close to getting him before and it was such a mess from them in not pushing that through. Now I think he’ll be well out of their price range this summer and that ship has sailed unless they suddenly come into a lot of money.”

TheSprocketMan: “Do you get the feeling that there is a recognition within the hierarchy at the club that they have made mistakes and are keen to rectify them?”

Alasdair says: “I think so, or at least I’d like to think so. The most recent statement suggested that but they need to get this managerial appointment right next. It’s the first step.”

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