Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has claimed that the club’s appointment of Jose Mourinho might signal a shift in their transfer policy.
Spurs have managed to remain competitive in recent years under Mauricio Pochettino despite having a considerably smaller lower net spend than their rivals.
The club even went two transfer windows without signing a single player before releasing their transfer shackles a bit last summer with the acquisitions of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon and Jack Clarke.
Spurs have been linked with a move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha this month, who is said to be valued at £80m by Palace (Daily Mirror).
Sherwood claimed that no one would be willing to buy the Ivorian international for that price despite his obvious qualities.
“Certainly Daniel Levy wouldn’t at that price and at that age. He’s a good player, we all know that.”
The former Spurs boss insisted however that there has been a change in the way the club operates with the arrival of Mourinho and the Lilywhites could thus spend big in the transfer window.
He added, “It all depends what the philosophy is at the club now, whether they’re looking to bring their young players through or whether they’re looking to spend to win.
“It all depends on how they’ve shifted. I know how the club was when I was there and when Pochettino was there, and I think in bringing Jose in there has been a shift there.
“We’ll perhaps see that now in the transfer market.”
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There is no way that anybody would consider signing Zaha for £80m as his numbers simply do not reflect a world-class player. While he will obviously do better for a team that plays on the front foot, it looks like he is going to have to stay put at Palace for now unless the club drops their evaluation.
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