It’s fair to say that this summer’s transfer window has been significantly quieter thus far for Tottenham than the last.
In 2013, Tottenham made up for the big-money departure of star man Gareth Bale to Real Madrid by recruiting seven players at the cost of around £100 million. This time around, despite having a new manager in Mauricio Pochettino, there has yet to be a single new signing less than three weeks before the new Premier League season kicks off. Speaking on the club’s tour of the United States, Pochettino sounded unconcerned.
“We have an unbelievable squad with some unbelievable players,” Pochettino told The Sun. “We need to work to get the players ready to start the season playing with our philosophy.
“This is our only target at the moment. Afterwards we will see. Tottenham are expected to play well and win. Results are important and we will target a position later. But for the moment our aim is to get the squad playing the way we want.”
The situation could be about to change, however. Deals for Swansea City duo Ben Davies and Michel Vorm are thought to be imminent. Indeed, left-back Davies has even been spotted training with the club in an official tour video, despite his reported £10 million transfer having yet to be confirmed. He is, though, thought to have already passed his medical. And, according to Sky Sports, Dutch goalkeeper Vorm has also agreed personal terms.
Vorm has impressed in his three years in South Wales and it is something of a surprise that he has accepted what will surely be a backup role to No. 1 Hugo Lloris. His arrival will allow 43-year-old Brad Friedel to take on a more senior coaching role, although it is thought he will continue to be available as a backup.
Tottenham will hope that Davies will solve what has been a problem position for Tottenham at left-back. Danny Rose failed to excel last season after returning from a season on loan at Sunderland. Davies, 21, broke into the Swansea first team two years ago following an injury to Neil Taylor and has since made the position his own, earning a reputation as one of the Premier League’s best left-backs.
The cost of his arrival will be offset by Gylfi Sigurdsson moving in the other direction. The Icelandic midfielder had a successful spell on loan at Swansea before moving to Tottenham two summers ago, but has struggled to hold down a regular place at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham’s spending is unlikely to end with the Swansea pair. The next man through the door could well be someone Pochettino knows well, Morgan Schneiderlin. The Southampton midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to Spurs’ north-London rivals Arsenal, but the Daily Mail reports that 24-year-old would prefer a reunion with his former manager.
Schneiderlin has been a reliable presence at the base of Southampton’s midfield in their first two seasons back in the Premier League after he helped them get back to the top flight. His performances earned him a place in France’s World Cup squad, where he joined the man who could become Tottenham’s biggest signing of the summer. Tottenham have already had a bid rejected for Antoine Griezmann by Real Sociedad, according to the Daily Telegraph. Griezmann, who has played mostly as a left-sided forward, scored 16 goals in La Liga last season and impressed in Brazil in place of the injured Franck Ribery.
The 23-year-old is also thought to be on the radar of Monaco and Chelsea, both of which could offer him Champions League action. Tottenham have reportedly been told that they will have to meet Griezmann’s £25 million release clause. They will then have to hope that they can persuade him to move to White Hart Lane.