Jose Mourinho is facing a significant problem in his attempts to rebuild the Tottenham squad after Daniel Levy informed him that he will not have any transfer funds to work with this summer, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles.
Reports until a few months ago suggested that Spurs were ready for a substantial rebuild this summer with as many as five new signings expected to come head to North London (Bild).
However, the coronavirus pabdemic has put many clubs including Tottenham under financial distress, with experts predicting that very few clubs will be in a position to spend any money when the transfer window opens (Sky Sports).
Duncan Castles has now revealed that Levy has informed Mourinho that the club can only sign players who are available on a free transfer this summer.
The Portuguese coach views this as a major problem as he feels the squad is in need of substantial reinforcements if they are to challenge for the Premier League.
Speaking to the Transfer Window Podcast (as relayed by The Express), Castles said: “The information I have looking at what Jose Mourinho wants to do in the next transfer window, whenever it is opened by the football authorities in England, is that he wants at least four new players in.
“So quite significant change to that squad but his guidance from Daniel Levy is that he should not expect to be able to spend transfer fees on these players.
“Levy wants, if at all possible, to restrict any player coming into Tottenham Hotspur to players who are available for no transfer fee, most likely players who are available under freedom of contract, which Mourinho expects to be a significant problem.
“Obviously it depends how difficult the transfer market becomes and how many clubs are trying to push players out, but doesn’t really fit the model Mourinho was hoping to have and the expectations he had of this transfer market and improving the squad and turning it into one that can compete for the Premier League title next season.”
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This could well turn out to be true but my suspicion is that the funds we have will depend on whether the Premier League resumes or if it is voided as a substantial amount of broadcasting revenue could either be gained or lost. We are not the only club who are in this situation. It is clear that most clubs in Europe will have to sell first to buy players this summer, which is why swap deals could be a possibility.
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