Spurs legend makes £150m claim regarding Tottenham’s backline

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Graham Roberts
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Graham Roberts believes that Tottenham Hotspur need to invest around £150m in their backline during this summer’s transfer window.

Individual errors at the back proved costly for Spurs last season, with none of the club’s senior central defenders having campaigns to remember.

It is thus not surprising that strengthening at centre-half is reported to be one of Tottenham’s priorities this summer.

There are question marks over the futures of Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez while the likes of Jannik Vestergaard, Joachim Andersen and Nikola Milenkovic are rumoured to be on the North London club’s radar.

Right-back was another problem position for Spurs last season, with Matt Doherty failing to make the expected impact following his move from Wolves last summer and Serge Aurier continuing to be plagued by inconsistency.

Aurier is rumoured to be on his way out of the club and the likes of Max Aarons and Tariq Lamptey have been mooted as potential replacements for the Ivorian.

Roberts believes that Tottenham need to invest significantly in both areas in order to compete with the best sides in the division.

The legendry centre-back told Football Fancast: “If you’re buying a centre-half, you need two – there’s £60-£80m.

“You need a right-back, there’s another £30m. I would think you would have to spend up to £150m just on the backline.”

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It is unrealistic for fans to expect to club to invest £150m into the squad given the financial impact of the pandemic. We are likely going to do the same thing we did last summer by looking for cut-price deals.

The big question is whether we are able to find buyers who are ready to meet our valuations for the likes of Sissoko, Aurier, Winks and Sanchez. If we do manage to cash in on those players, we could potentially have a sizable transfer kitty to work with.

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