Where could Tottenham strengthen this summer?
The priorities for Spurs are to sign a new striker, a right wing-back, a left-sided centre-back and another midfielder. Preferably they want some creation to come into the side, so we could see that in the midfielder or – depending on outgoings – as an additional fifth signing.
This squad is not deep so they will seek to replace anyone that leaves.
Who could Tottenham sign this summer?
Let’s begin by focusing on the defence.
The Italian market is an obvious place for Spurs to go shopping – based on what we have seen so far and the structure of the club – and Stefan De Vrij of Inter Milan and Torino’s Gleison Bremer are on the radar, while in Spain Pau Torres has caught the eye at Villarreal and in Germany Josko Gvardial of RB Leipzig has recently been touted with a switch. Links with Burnley’s James Tarkowski have gone quiet yet they looked at him closely in January so that might be one they revisit.
Right wing-back is a key position in Antonio Conte’s set-up and he wants the area sorted as a priority when the market opens. Spurs are again being linked with Adama Traore as he heads back to Wolves from Barcelona, while Torino’s Wilfried Singo is also being looked at very closely. Barcelona’s Sergino Dest is a player that has been looked at but is not currently being pursued.
In midfield Brentford’s Christian Eriksen would be keen on a return if the right conditions can be found and Youri Tielemans of Leicester City is also on the shortlist. Weston McKennie of Juventus has been considered, as have Joao Palhinha from Sporting Lisbon and PSG’s Idrissa Gueye.
Lautaro Martinez – who could cost £70m according to The Times – could emerge as an ambitious signing for the forward position, depending on how his future at Inter Milan shapes up in the coming weeks. Spurs have been linked with Juventus star Paulo Dybala, who is about to leave the club, yet there is no progress on that front at this stage.
6 foot 4 goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is also set to arrive as back-up for Hugo Lloris.
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One dream signing for the Lilywhites?
In terms of star status it would have to be Dybala. There have to be concerns about exactly where he would fit in at Tottenham and whether his injury record is too risky. Yet this is Dybala, one of the most exciting and talented attackers in European football.
At this stage it is a dream signing, but with an Italian feel so entwined with Spurs these days, never say never. This signing would have to be excitement factor: 10.
Who will leave Hotspur Way this summer?
Players with uncertain futures are Pierluigi Gollini, Joe Rodon, Sergio Reguilon, Emerson Royal, Tanguy Ndombele, Giovanni Lo Celso, Harry Winks, Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura. They won’t all go but the level of the squad needs to be raised and their situations are being assessed. Conte does not truly believe his bench options have been strong enough to reliably change a game.
There is a possibility that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg leaves too, as clubs around Europe have been waiting to see if he becomes available.
Tottenham’s biggest challenge this summer?
Satisfying the ambitions of Antonio Conte and Harry Kane.
It’s very unlikely Kane leaves this summer because his price-tag remains well north of £100million yet it would be more ideal for Spurs if he stays because he actually senses they can achieve something special.
Conte will demand that the board meet his requirements in the transfer market and the early whispers from within the corridors of power at the club suggest they will do exactly that. But let’s see if their actions match intentions.