Coming out of the gate blazing with victories in Premier League and an assured spot in Europa League group stages, Tottenham are riding high at the moment. However, first-year manager Mauricio Pochettino is exploring several transfer options to keep the hot streak alive.
Case in point, Pochettino was especially impressed by striker Harry Kane’s resilience after the 21-year-old bounced back from a missed penalty early against AEL Limassol to give Spurs a lead they would never relinquish on Thursday.
However, the Argentine is still considering a move to bring more strikers into the fold, mainly Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck on loan, Daily Star reports. Spurs have apparently pulled back on a permanent deal for the 23-year-old, with a loan more to their liking. Welbeck desires more regular playing time away from Old Trafford, where he’s stuck behind stars Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
Tottenham were also intrigued by Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, according to the Star, but their interest has reportedly waned with no further talks planned at the moment.
Daily Mail reports that United are hesitant to even loan Welbeck out to another English club, and as a result will insist Tottenham pay his full wages throughout the loan and that he not play against them.
Welbeck, who’s risen from United’s youth academy to make 90 appearances and score 20 goals for the Red Devils in between loan spells since 2008, would give Pochettino some much needed fresh legs in the attack and relieves some pressure on Roberto Soldado, 29, and Emmanuel Adebayor, 30.
There are also reports out of France that Serie A giant Juventus have joined Tottenham and AC Milan in the pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot. L’Equipe says PSG have refused to sign the 19-year-old to a new contract and it’s likely he leaves the team no later than next summer.
Rabiot’s market value is on the rise, standing presently at £4 million, a relative bargain given how well Rabiot can slide between an attacking central midfield role and drop back in defense.
Furthermore, Rabiot might be more of a consolation prize if Sevilla continues their disheartening narrative that defender Federico Fazio is still under their thumb. Spurs confirmed Thursday that they met the 27-year-old’s £8 million buyout clause and he signed a four-year contract, however Daily Express reports that the Spanish side are furious by how quickly the deal was announced.
"The player has a contract and the money may have been deposited with La Liga, but it is not in Sevilla's coffers,” Sevilla president Jose Castro said. "I don't understand what the player is doing in England. He will leave, but he will leave when his contract is terminated and it hasn't been yet.
"Obviously we are angry. I'm not going to go into details regarding certain things about Fazio. I don't want to, it won't lead to anything.
"They've paid £8 million for him, which is his buyout clause. We'll see if they have to pay more for him according to the rules."