Reports have indicated that Tottenham Hotspur will not be looking to spend big this summer and will instead be reliant on loan deals and free transfers (Telegraph).
The club have been linked with soon-to-be free agents including the likes of Willian (The Sun), Ryan Fraser (Football Insider) and Thomas Meunier (ESPN) as well as players who are entering the last year of their respective contracts in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Football Insider), Josh King (Sky Sports), and Arkadiusz Milik (Tuttosport via Sport Witness).
Jose Mourinho himself admitted in an interview with Sky Sports this week that clubs are unlikely to make big money moves this summer and that Spurs will try and operate sensibly.
Football.London’s Alasdair Gold believes that Spurs will be trying to sign free agents and bargain transfers, Mourinho himself will play a key role in helping attract these players to North London.
He wrote: “A key negotiator when the transfer window does open will be Mourinho himself.
“The Portuguese has that global appeal, that aura and his CV immediately suggests to a potential signing that he will add silverware to their collection.
“Mauricio Pochettino was able to charm young players into coming to Tottenham, some will claim Mourinho can charm the rest.”
The journalist also insisted that the Spurs boss will want to bring in tried and tested players he has already worked with amidst the uncertainty surrounding the transfer window.
Gold added: “What Mourinho’s squad is lacking is experience and winners. They have plenty of talented young players and added six of them last season with their new signings but they need guiding hands on the pitch.
“Mourinho will be a key part of negotiations, particularly in luring players he’s made an impression on before as their manager and in snaring those who want to say they’ve experienced playing for the former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss.
“Mourinho’s pulling power will be fully put to the test when the window does eventually arrive while Levy’s own negotiating skills will come into play as he deals with other clubs in tough spots.”
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Multiple reports have already indicated that Mourinho has been on the phone with the likes of Meunier and Willian in an effort to convince them to come to Spurs. It certainly sounds like the Spurs boss is relishing the prospect of building a squad on a budget even though he might not be used to it.
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