Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly set to axe up to six first-team stars as they bid to raise funds for manager Jose Mourinho’s squad rebuild.
Spurs endured a frustrating 2019/20 season, suffering limp exits from both the FA Cup and the Champions League as well as missing out on a much-coveted Champions League spot – with Mauricio Pochettino paying the price for their woeful start to the season.
With ‘new’ boss Mourinho currently facing the prospect of a first full season in charge of the club, owner Daniel Levy will no doubt need to match the ambitions of his serial-winning manager by offering up some much needed funds.
The club have already begun making moves to strengthen with the signatures of Matt Doherty, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Joe Hart, ahead of a campaign that could see them face the gruelling task of mid-week Europa League fixtures – if qualification is secured.
However, after having lost the likes of Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen earlier this year, Mourinho will certainly be after more astute signings in order to make his new side capable of challenging for a top-four spot.
With Spurs finances impacted by both their newly built stadium and the coronavirus pandemic, Football London are reporting the club are set to sanction the sales of six players in order to generate the funds required to strengthen, in the hope of raising over £100m for the former Manchester United manager to spend.
The report suggests that rash defender Serge Aurier is up for sale, as well as England international Danny Rose, who spent the end of last season on-loan at Newcastle United. The club are also reportedly willing to let young defenders Juan Foyth and Cameron Carter-Vickers depart, as well as Erik Lamela and Tanguy Ndombele.
The latter two names would perhaps be the most surprising victims of this transfer cull, with Lamela having spent seven years in North London, while Frenchman Ndombele only joined the club last summer – yet has failed to impress after his club record £54m move from Ligue 1 side Lyon.