Spur fan 610: “Any idea about Dennis Cirkin’s departure?”
Alasdair says: “Unfortunately it’s looking like Dennis Cirkin is heading off permanently from Spurs. I’m told he did not want to sign the new contract on offer, I can only presume due to the many left-backs ahead of him right now. He got on to the bench a few times in Europe, Premier League and in the FA Cup but he never got that debut he deserved and having that might have given him the inspiration to kick on at the club.
He’s a talented young left-back, who had a tough time of it last season, and he should hopefully go on to have a successful career in the game. I’d be surprised if Spurs don’t retain some kind of sell-on clause.”
Jam1e: “I’ve heard rumours that Chelsea’s move for Jules Kounde has hit a roadblock. If Chelsea fail to agree a fee, could Spurs come back into the mix seeming we have agreed a fee with Sevilla before?”
Alasdair says: “Much depends on the player and whether Spurs have the funds to do the deal without selling first now Romero is arriving. Sevilla certainly have an interest in Davinson Sanchez and Spurs like Kounde. Let’s see what happens with the Frenchman. It always felt like he wasn’t against moving to Tottenham, but they weren’t his first choice, with Real Madrid in particular his dream destination.
“I should stress that of course it’s only rumours about Chelsea at this stage and they could push through the deal and offer him Champions League football. I’m only speaking about what could happen if that doesn’t occur.”
kianlem: “Anything on Noni Madueke to Spurs?”
Alasdair says: “He’s a player Spurs would like to bring back if possible, among other targets in the attacking midfield areas, but I think much depends on what happens now with the squad in the coming weeks, who leaves, freeing up space and also adding extra funds to the coffers.”
ARushy: “Could we see Sessegnon or Romero feature against Arsenal this weekend? Is Tomiyasu still on the cards or are we prioritising outgoings before making any more signings?”
Alasdair says: “With Romero, I understand he’s had one of the single-dose jabs available in Europe which means he does not have to isolate. That’s great news for him and Spurs. He returned to training at Atalanta last weekend so the Arsenal game may come too soon but it gives him a great chance of being involved in some capacity against Manchester City on August 15. He could be at the Arsenal game though and perhaps he’ll get the old fashioned on-pitch welcome in front of the fans before the game or at half-time.
“Sessegnon was set to be touch and go to be fit for the City match with his minor hamstring injury. He’s been working outside but again Arsenal may come too soon.
“Takehiro Tomiyasu is a player Paratici likes and Spurs have held talks over him before. He’s just finished his time at the Olympics with Japan and some people involved in the deal on his side told me a few days ago that they were confident he would become a Tottenham player this window. Let’s see whether they now push that through. It’s not huge money we’re talking about in relation to the Romero deal as I’d be surprised if they don’t.
“Japan are now done at the Olympics following their defeat to Mexico in the bronze medal match. In further good news, that ankle injury from earlier in the tournament appears to have now cleared up and Tomiyasu played the full 90 minutes, having played the full game and extra-time in the quarter-final victory against New Zealand a week but then missing the semi-final defeat against Spain.”
Deon wilson 93: “Just wondering given the need to sell to bring in this summer window it seems we might be stepping out of our shell and putting ourselves on the front foot by signing Romero even though many fringe players are yet to seal their moves, is this because Paratici doesn’t want to leave it to late before making signings or because certain players will be nearing their sales?”
Alasdair says: “I think Romero was just so key, they had to get it done, particularly when they could see other teams spending and fixing their problems. Tottenham’s defence still has all of its frailties and to bring in the Serie A Defender of the Year is something you don’t mess around with. It was still a complicated deal and took around three weeks but it’s now at the finish line and he has the potential to be a gamechanger in that backline.”
Keithan_chase: “With Paratici liking free signings.. are we signing Messi? Yes? Awesome.”
Alasdair says: “Things are certainly messy at Spurs right now but that’s about as close as you’re likely to get.”
FrustratedDannyRoseBestLB3: “Just wondered how the Ings transfer was done so quietly and if we challenged for him ? Or Patson Daka to Leicester ? Our transfers always seem so open and dragged out.”
Alasdair says: “I think in terms of the Romero deal there was more to it than those other two transfers. Romero was on loan from Juventus so there was that aspect and Atalanta also wanted to secure a replacement first, which meant it was all about playing a waiting game. There was also the side story of Lionel Messi attempting to push Barcelona to make a move for him. It’s wasn’t the easiest transfer to get over the line.”
CoolGamerLYH2007: “How do you feel about Harry Kane’s refusal to come to training?”
Alasdair says: “I don’t think it’s the best way to approach the situation and I’m not sure exactly what it’s trying to force. Surely it’s Manchester City who have to be forced to make a suitable bid.
“The whole thing is a bad look for the England captain and a man who has always been seen as a model professional, his desire to train harder than anyone else often lauded by team-mates.
“Kane’s frustration at Tottenham’s inability to match their ambition to his is understandable. However, in taking matters into his own hands and enjoying a prolonged and clearly unsanctioned extended holiday, he’s only damaging his bond with many Spurs fans who understood and agreed with his concerns.
“Then there is the problem he creates for himself with Levy. On the face of it, Kane might feel that he’s been let down, particular if there’s weight to claims of a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’, but in taking this stance he is in danger of engineering a situation where the Spurs chairman will have to dig in even further because he cannot allow others to see this as the way to get a move out of the club midway through their contracts.
“I don’t believe Jack Grealish joining City for £100m will have helped his cause either if he expects Spurs to accept something in that ball park.”
Spurssince80: “Cirkin and Tanganga are weird decisions when you consider the age profile of the incomings so far and those targeted like Damsgaard and Vlahovic, s it because the club have confidence in getting the incomings they are working on? because there are four or five others who need to leave before Tanganga and Cirkin like Aurier, Winks, Sissoko, Dier, possibly Dele or Hugo?”
Alasdair says: “I don’t think Tanganga will head off just yet. I understand he’s considering his options right now and how much football he’s likely to get this season. Cirkin is simply a case of a young player not wanting to sign the new deal on offer so being allowed to head off. Aurier and Sissoko are certainly players the club are keen to move on this summer and we know the former wants to make that happen.”
sunnya: “Why is Joe Rodon yet to play in any friendly game? After Romero, I feel Rondon is our best player and he needs games to be ready for Man City. Eric Dier will be a disaster if he starts.”
Alasdair says: “Rodon was on the bench on Wednesday night so he should be ready to play. I’d hope he gets some minutes against Arsenal. I’d be concerned about that Dier/Tanganga partnership against Manchester City.”
Coolbreeze: “Am I the only person who has considered the following deal with Man City? They get Kane in exchange for Bernardo Silva, Laporte and some cash, let’s say 50m. That values Silva and Laporte at 50m plus 50m in cash to go and get Vlahovic. We have the defence, playmaker and striker positions sorted in one swoop. Do you think a difficult deal like this is possible?”
Alasdair says: “Swap deals are all well and good but unfortunately they’re so rare because you need the players to head in both directions. They may say different but I’d be surprised if Silva and Laporte were keen to drop down to play Europa Conference League football and probably for less money than they’re on at City.”
xRasmus: “What position do you think Spurs and Paratici will prioritise next after Romero?”
Alasdair says: “As I understand it, the priority next, after Romero, is another centre-back and then a right-back before looking further up the pitch.”
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