Football clubs around the world are feeling the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Tottenham are expected to be on the worst-hit clubs in England due to their high reliance on matchday revenue (Football Insider).
However, Spurs continue to be linked with some big money moves, despite Jose Mourinho making it clear that transfers are the last thing on everybody’s mind at the moment (Sky Sports).
Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has now made it clear that Spurs fans should not expect billionaire owner Joe Lewis to pump his funds into the club and that we will have to reconsider our targets.
He said on his YouTube channel: “With this transfer window, more than any other before, all bets are off. Players who have been on clubs’ scouting list for a long time may suddenly be out of reach or teams may not want to sell as the market has dropped. So Suddenly they may want to maintain a stable squad.
“All clubs’ transfer kitty has fallen out of the bottom. Clubs are concentrated on just keeping afloat, let alone sign players.
“I know that’s not what people want to see. I saw on Twitter that people are still expecting big signings and for Joe Lewis to pump in money. Twenty years of not doing that and I can’t see that happening in the twentieth year as a special anniversary gift.
“Everything that is coming out of the club doesn’t sound like there is going to be big spending this summer either. So, we are going to have to revise our targets.”
Gold also admitted that the Ndombele signing last summer was likely to be the last big-money singing the club will make for a long time.
He insisted that we will have to move for free agents and bargain options to cover the holes in the squad while expressing his exasperation at fans who are demanding to see big money moves being made.
The journalist added: “Thomas Meunier is a free agent. He’s going to be one that a lot of clubs look at.
“Upfront, you are looking at players in the last years of their contracts like Olivier Giroud, who has now had that option taken up on his contract. Josh King is another one Spurs have looked at in the past. He’s a really good player who can play out wide as well.
“Those are the kind of players Spurs are going to be looking at. It’s not going to be sexy transfers, these 60-70 million signings.
“I saw Spurs linked with Kai Havertz the other day. Come on!! We’d all love it. We all play FIFA and Football Manager and all of that. We would love to have our team grabbing those players but Ndombele deal (last summer) was the last deal of its kind we are going to see, I’d imagine as we try to stabilise our finances.”
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I have honestly found the negative reaction of some Spurs fans to the club’s rumoured pursuit for the likes of Fraser or Meunier to be incomprehensible. Much like every other club in Europe, we will have to prioritise bargain deals this summer and these players could be quite valuable as squad options for us.
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