Tottenham’s unfinished transfer business from the summer and what it means for January
Jose Mourinho wanted additions made to his Tottenham Hotspur squad and he got them over the summer, with no fewer than six new players arriving in the transfer window.
Gareth Bale, Matt Doherty, Joe Hart, Pierre-Emile Hjojberg, Sergio Reguilon, Carlos Vinicius andSpurs, with the final name arriving bang on the deadline.
With the January transfer window already on the horizon, though,are likely thinking ahead. Spurs have been linked with a number of targets, but some players could also depart the club having failed to secure a move in the summer.
Just because these transfers didn’t happen in the last window doesn’t mean they won’t happen in the next one.
An unexpected opportunity presented itself to Tottenham late on in the summer window, with Antonio Rudiger reportedly made available by Chelsea. However, a deal couldn’t be struck, with the Blues unwilling to let the German international join a rival on loan for the season and Spurs unwilling to sign him permanently.
Rudiger has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea under Frank Lampard and hasn’t featured in the Blues’ first three games of the new Premier League season. January will give Spurs more time to put together an offer that might tempt their London rivals into parting with the player.
That being said, shoulddevelopment and make the jump from Championship to Premier League quicker than anticipated, Mourinho may not feel he needs another centre-back.
… which bring us on to a nother defender as Skriniar appeared to be their top target throughout the summer transfer window. But speculation continues to swirl that the Slovakian could be on his way to North London in January as Jose Mourinho looks to add some international quality to his backline.
Skriniar has lost his starting place in the Inter first team under Antonio Conte, but Inter’s valuation of the centre remains high, with reports putting their asking price at somewhere between £45 million and £55 million. This is the biggest obstacle Spurs face if they are to finally capture their number one defensive target.
Wherever Mourinho goes, he picks out a fall guy and it appears Dele Alli might well be his fall guy at Tottenham Hotspur. Despite a strong start under the new boss, Alli has recently fallen out of favour and was linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain in the final days of the summer transfer window.
No transfer materialised, but Alli still has a lot of work ahead of him to regain the trust of Mourinho. The early season success of Tanguy Ndombele proves to him it can be done, but the January transfer window could offer the 24-year-old a way out of Tottenham, whether that to be PSG or somewhere else.
When Matt Doherty arrived from Wolves, many assumed Serge Aurier would be on his way out of Tottenham. Doherty was signed as a direct replacement for the Ivorian, with Mourinho starting the Republic of Ireland international in three of Spurs’ four Premier League games so far this season.
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But Aurier is still at the club. A switch to Spartak Moscow appeared to be on the cards only for the right back to reject the chance to move to Russia. AC Milan were also reportedly interested in Aurier, but no agreement was reached for the signing of the player. January will present the 27-year-old with another career crossroads.
Mourinho added more depth to his goalkeeping ranks by adding Joe Hart to his squad over the summer. In theory, this frees up Paolo Gazzaniga to leave Tottenham at some point in the near future, with Liverpool recently linked with the Argentine as they look for a more reliable back-up option to Alisson Becker.
Gazzaniga has been an adequate back-up to Hugo Lloris in recent seasons, but might wish to move to a club where he will get more regular game time. The 28-year-old made 28 appearances in all competitions for Spurs last season, but there’s a sense he is coming to the end of his time at the club.