Despite a massive overhaul of the Tottenham squad this summer, which appears to have saved the club a lot in wages, the failure to offload Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could cost a reported £15.9m in wages this season.
It was a busy summer for Spurs and their new manager, Ange Postecoglou. Seven new signings were made, with the loan deals of Pedro Porro and Dejan Kulusevski also made permanent, as expected.
There were plenty of outgoings, too. Harry Winks departed for Leicester City early in the window, Harry Kane made a high-profile switch to Bayern Munich, Sergio Reguilon joined Manchester United on loan, and both Joe Rodon and Djed Spence joined Leeds United on loan.
After the English transfer window closed, both Davinson Sanchez and Tanguy Ndombele joined Galatasaray, too. The former, on a permanent deal, the latter on a loan deal.
Spurs could have saved £15m by selling three players
While the squad was trimmed, there certainly could have been more players shipped out by Spurs. And, if the club had simply sold three of its most experienced players, there could have been a huge saving in the wage bill.
A report from Football.London claims Tottenham were spending around £108m on player wages last season, with a further £21m cost accrued by the players they sent out on loan.
With the deals completed this summer, it is believed Spurs now have their wage bill down to around £94m per year. Apparently, offloading Ndombele specifically may have saved the club roughly £10.4m, as the “second highest earner at the club.”
However, while that reduction in the wage bill is good news, it could have been better. With Spurs unable to shift Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – a trio that Spurs were “keen to move on” this summer – it will cost the Lilywhites a further £15.9m this year.
Spurs Web Opinion
Obviously, it would have been ideal to get rid of a handful of other players this summer, but that was certainly one of the more constructive transfer windows of recent memory for Spurs. If we can sell a few more in January, and then do more work next summer, we will be in a terrific place.
Have something to tell us about this article?