Euro 2020 may have now come to an end but football fans won’t have to wait too much longer for the new Premier League season to begin.
The big kick-off takes place in 31 days with new boys Brentford hosting Arsenal in a Friday night clash in west London.
Tottenham will have to wait an extra two days for their opening game as they start 2021/22 with a daunting home encounter against Premier League champions Manchester City.
An incredibly tough game for Nuno Espirito Santo’s team to begin with, all Spurs fans will be hoping that there are some new players in the side on Sunday, August 15, as the squad does need an overhaul.
A quiet time for Spurs and the vast majority of clubs since the transfer window opened for business, the end of this summer’s major tournaments could well see the market really kick into business over the next few weeks.
A big summer for Tottenham and Fabio Paratici, the club’s new managing director of football, as they look to solve their centre-back woes and also keep hold of Harry Kane, a good transfer window could make all the difference as they look to climb back into the top four.
So what could be the best and worst case scenarios for Tottenham in the summer transfer window? football.london takes a look.
Worst case scenario
The main talking point at Tottenham this summer is Kane’s future in N17.
Outstanding last campaign as he excelled under Jose Mourinho and registered goals and assists for fun, the striker’s future came into question in May following reports that he had asked the club to move on.
Having ruled out a potential move abroad, the 27-year-old really does have limited options with only a handful of clubs having the funds to sign him.
Man City, the favourites to win the race for his signature, are known for splashing the cash but manager Pep Guardiola has already stated it would be “impossible” to sign a striker going on the quoted prices for the likes of Kane and Erling Haaland.
Regardless of whether a club has the money or not, it’s all going to come down to chairman Daniel Levy and it may take an offer of around £150million just to open a conversation with him.
The worst-case scenario for Tottenham is if a club does submit an offer Levy deems acceptable and they subsequently find themselves on the hunt for a new goalscorer.
Kane isn’t the only player who has been linked with a move away this summer as Serge Aurier has already made it clear he will not sign a new contract and wants to move on.
In an ideal world, Tottenham need to sell the right-back before next month’s deadline or they run the risk of losing him for nothing in 2022, with Erik Lamela also in the same boat if they decide the time is right to part with the Argentine.
Failure to sell Aurier and Lamela and it will mirror the summer of 2019 when Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen all went into the final months of their contracts and looked likely to depart on free transfers.
Alderweireld is believed to have told Tottenham some time ago that he does want to leave this summer and Spurs need to get the best fee possible for the Belgian.
Centre-back is very much the priority position in the market and Paratici and Spurs must simply get it right.
The Lilywhites are traditionally late movers in the market and this is the year when the club don’t want to be hanging about as they bid to fix their defence ASAP for Espirito Santo.
Amid links with Jules Kounde and Joachim Andersen, the club need to move for their top targets and ensure they aren’t pipped to their signature by other interested parties or it will be another long season for Tottenham.
Best case scenario
The best-case scenario is that Tottenham and Paratici get all their summer transfer business right and it sees them climb the table under Espirito Santo.
With defence very much the priority, Spurs are targeting at least one new centre-back but they would preferably like to bring in two.
Andersen would be an excellent addition from Lyon if the club can agree on a fee with president Jean-Michel Aulas, while Kounde has been linked with a move from Sevilla.
The Frenchman does have an €80m release clause in his deal but Sevilla are expected to accept a lower offer for their star defender.
Spurs would first of all have to find enough money to fund a transfer but Levy’s tough negotiating skills could help them out as they bid to drive his price tag right down.
Spurs have also been heavily linked with Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu and the hope is that he will sign for a reasonable fee as they look to add cover for both right-back and centre-back.
Having already brought in money after Juan Foyth’s loan move to Villarreal became permanent, Spurs can hopefully boost their kitty with the sales of Aurier, Cameron Carter-Vickers and now Alderweireld since he’s made it clear he would like to move on.
Tottenham are then well-stocked when it comes to their midfield but there may still be a bit of movement in this area of the pitch.
With Oliver Skipp now back at the club and set to be part of Espirito Santo’s team going forward rather than heading out on loan again, Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks could both drop a place down the pecking order as a result and see their Premier League minutes limited.
Summer exits could be best for both parties as they do need to be playing regularly and the funds could be put towards further additions, especially if it helps Tottenham sign Lille ace Renato Sanches, following reports from Le10 Sport (via Sport Witness) in France stating that the club are keen on signing him.
A move for a creative player would also be welcomed this summer as the club are yet to find a replacement for Eriksen when it comes to creating chances for Kane and Co.
As Spurs need to ease the pressure on the striker’s shoulders in terms of teeing up his teammates, a deal for one of RB Leipzig ace Marcel Sabitzer or Sampdoria’s Mikkel Damsgaard would certainly please fans.
Keeping Kane at the club come the end of the transfer deadline is a priority and the best-case scenario is that he remains in the capital.
If indeed that is the case, Spurs would then need to bring in a second striker as Carlos Vinicius has returned to Benfica after his year on loan at the club.
While many fans would like Danny Ings to sign as his Southampton future looks uncertain, it will all come down to his price tag, whether Saints will sell him and if he would be happy playing second fiddle to Kane.
Marcus Thuram of Borussia Monchengladbach would be a good alternative if Tottenham want to look elsewhere for another frontman.
Source by Football London