The Evening Standard say a number of leading Tottenham players are expected to follow manager Mauricio Pochettino by agreeing new long-term contracts this summer.
Pochettino gave Spurs a huge boost when he signed a five-year deal until 2023, worth £8.5million per year, to make him the best-paid individual at the club.
The article does say that is unlikely to last long, with the club keen to tie key men Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Heung-min Son to new long-term contracts.
It adds that although no deals are thought to be imminent, the club is hopeful of tying down its stars before moving to our new stadium.
Club captain Hugo Lloris has previously said his future is “tied” to Pochettino’s and it is thought several players were reluctant to sign until the Argentinian’s future was resolved.
Pochettino and Daniel Levy held extensive talks since his call for the chairman to “be brave and take risks” following the final game of the season 12 days ago and he seems to have persuaded Levy to share his vision with the manager set be given around £100m to spend this summer, on top of roughly the same amount from player sales.
Levy is set to sanction any monies received from sales to be reinvested and the club expects to make at least £100m more from the departures of Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose and others.
The article goes on to say that Spurs are interested in player-swap deals, which of course raises the
possibility that they could offer Alderweireld to Manchester United in part-exchange for Anthony Martial, who is a target.
It is thought the Pochettino has also asked Levy not to block unpopular decisions this summer, including selling fan-favourites Alderweireld, Dembele and Rose quickly – even if that means strengthening Premier League rivals.
The article adds that Levy was said to be relaxed about his comments after the win against Leicester but the manager’s second five-year contract within four years suggests the chairman has been willing to make significant concessions.
The article goes on to describe how Pochettino wants to sign a centre-half, a central midfielder and a forward, and he will try to stretch his budget further by offering squad players like Moussa Sissoko in exchange for targets.
It concludes saying Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha are also thought to be targets.
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