Mauricio Pochettino has a lot of work to do before the 2019/20 season starts, with the Tottenham manager having issues at left-back, right-back, centre-back and centre-forward. The summer transfer window shuts on Thursday, August 8, which gives Spurs little over three weeks to finalise deals for new recruits and offload deadwood.
Danny Rose has an uncertain future and was recently omitted from Tottenham’s pre-season tour of Singapore. He doesn’t appear to have any suitors willing to meet his asking price, however. Spurs aren’t making much progress with Ryan Sessegnon either which could mean Rose has to stay this summer.
Toby Alderweireld has been linked with a move to AS Roma, but the Serie A outfit aren’t willing to pay his £25m release clause. The 30-year-old hasn’t had any bid that’s met his asking price, so there’s a chance he sees his out the final year of his contract at Tottenham.
Kieran Trippier looks set to sign for Atletico Madrid, but his departure will leave Spurs with Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters at right-back – three players Pochettino hardly used in 2018/19. Tottenham could be selling Aurier and loaning out Walker-Peters too, so the Lilywhites will need at least one new right-back. They aren’t making any progress on potential targets, however, and may have given up.
Tottenham still haven’t confirmed the departure of Fernando Llorente, likely down to their inability to locate a centre-forward to play backup to Harry Kane. Llorente may be on a month-to-month contract until his future is officially clarified, but the lack of progress made strengthening the attack is worrying.