Jose Mourinho has admitted that transfers are the last thing that Tottenham are thinking about as Premier League clubs work towards a mid-June restart.
With no footballing action for the past three months, there has been plenty of speculation in the press regarding possible Tottenham targets ahead of the summer transfer window.
Multiple reports have indicated that Jose Mourinho is planning a rebuild in the summer with the likes of Willian (The Sun) and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Football Insider) linked heavily with a move to North London.
However, the Spurs boss has insisted that the transfer window is not the priority at the moment.
When asked in an interview with Sky Sports how the transfer market will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, he said: “To be honest in this moment it is the last thing we are thinking. In the club, we are not thinking about it.
“No talks about it, because in this moment we think about safety, following every rule inside of the training ground, we are trying to be perfect, not just in the testing but in everything in the club, we are trying to be perfect.”
However, he did admit that we are unlikely to see Premier League clubs spend anywhere near the amount of money this summer.
He added: “I think it is normal that you are going to have a different market. I don’t see the world, and especially the football world, ready for some crazy numbers that we are used to having, and some crazy investments that sometimes some clubs and some leagues are used to doing.
“But my first question after that is: ‘When will the transfer window be?’ Because I don’t think it will be July-August anymore, it will obviously have to go further than that.”
Reports have indicated that Spurs will have a distinct lack of money to spend this summer and will be prioritising loan deals and free transfers (Telegraph).
However, Mourinho insisted that the Lilywhites will approach the market sensibly, just as they have done in the past.
He said: “If you ask me what I want in my club, I would like my club to be what I know it is going to be: sensible, balanced, not going to spend rivers of money, and we are trying to respect the situation, not just of football but of the world and society overall.”
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Jose is right that the priority at the moment has to be finishing the Premier League strongly. We are unlikely to finalise our targets until the financial impact of the pandemic becomes clear, along with other factors including whether we manage to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
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