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Tottenham set ignominious record after transfer inactivity

Tottenham Hotspur have set an ignominious record after their transfer inactivity this summer. The Londoners are the first Premier League club not to buy a player in the transfer window.

On deadline day, they were heavily linked with Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, but they didn’t come close to matching his asking price. The England u21 international appeared happy to stay at Villa Park too.

Mauricio Pochettino will have to work with the squad he’s got, which is brimming with talent, but Spurs could struggle this season. Their competitors have all strengthen in the summer and could leave the Lilywhites behind.

Back in May, Pochettino told Tottenham owner Daniel Levy that he “needs to take risks” if he truly wants to win a major honour, saying: “If we want to be real contenders for big, big trophies, we need to review a little. First of all, I need to speak with Daniel, then we will know what we are going to do.

“I think it’s a moment the club needs to take risks and if possible work harder than the previous season to be competitive again.” Pochettino has since been forced to change his stance, calling Levy’s actions “brave”. Citing the new stadium as part of the reason why spending has been stemmed, the Spurs boss believes keeping their best players amounts to a victory in the transfer window.

“Maybe (no summer transfers) looks bad because of the perception. That is our decision – to keep the best players and to keep the squad. It is a brave decision. What the club is doing is showing it is brave. Building a new training ground, finishing the lodge – it was a massive investment. Building a stadium that is nearly £1 billion.

“Of course, maybe in the mind of everyone they will say ‘oh Tottenham did not sign anyone’ but to sign for the sake of signing? It is better to keep your best players”. Tottenham haven’t had the worst summer. Toby Alderweireld stayed for another season, Harry Kane signed a new deal and Pochettino committed his future for the long-term too.

Spurs have finished in the top-three of the Premier League in each of the last three seasons – 70 points in 2015/16, 86 points in 2016/17 and 77 points in 2017/18. They risk losing ground on the competition by not strengthening, but Tottenham have shown they’re no slouches.

They’ll be hoping for a bright start to the season to remind supporters that they’re still a strong outfit, regardless of recruitment.

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Pochettino admits Tottenham may not make a summer signing

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted the London outfit might not make a summer signing before the transfer window closes. Spurs are known for leaving their transfer business late under chairman Daniel Levy, but there has been a real lack of progress on the recruitment front, drawing the ire from supporters. Pochettino was forced to bear the bad news to fans.

“Last season I told you some numbers, but this season we don’t know. I don’t know if we are going to sign or not. We’re working on that. I cannot tell you if we’re going to sign one, zero or two or three or four. We’re working,” he said.

“It’s true that it’s so close, the transfer window is so close, but the club’s doing everything to help the team and add some players, more quality, and try to help us in the season to achieve what we want.”

The 46-year-old is also frustrated with the decision to bring transfer deadline day forward a number of weeks. Clubs voted 17-3 to move the summer transfer window from the end of August to Thursday, August 9 instead, days before the new season starts.

He said: “If you compare with Europe I think you are in complete disadvantage and sure it does not help the clubs in the Premier League. We are all in the same situation in England. It’s clear that today I don’t know if the rest of the teams are happy with that decision.

“Personally, I think it’s not right. I think it’s right if you agree with all of Europe and all the different countries. In that situation I think it didn’t help or it’s not going to help the Premier League clubs or the clubs in England to have the same possibility to another contender.

 “We are going to compete in the Champions League and to have 20 days less is I think not a thing that is going to help us. But it wasn’t my decision. I never gave my opinion on that.”

Tottenham have yet to make a signing in this window and they’re running out of time. The Lilywhites finished third in the Premier League last season, four points adrift of second-placed Manchester United.

They’ve secured new deals for Pochettino and England centre-forward Harry Kane among others, so this summer hasn’t been an entire waste for Tottenham. There just isn’t anyone popping up on their radar that will improve the squad, and the club will be keen to avoid the panic-buy situation that led to them overpaying for ex-Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

Tottenham have a strong squad and look to have held onto key players who had uncertain futures -Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Kane – so this summer could have been worse. They have nine more days to try and get a deal over the line.

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Pochettino and Kane agreeing new deals are Tottenham’s best summer signings

Tottenham Hotspur did well to tie down manager Mauricio Pochettino to a long-term deal a week before the Real Madrid vacancy arose, as well as getting Harry Kane to agree a long-term contract just four days before the England World Cup squad travelled to Russia.

Spurs secured the futures of two highly-important figures at the club whose commitment to the London outfit could soon be followed by the rest of the squad. Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are two players in talks over new deals and more could follow this summer.

Tottenham cashing in on two players who missed a lot of last season

Belgian centre-back Toby Alderweireld and midfielder Mousa Dembele are two players being linked with a move away from Tottenham and have just 12 months left on their respective deals. However, Alderweireld and Dembele haven’t had constructive contract talks with Spurs and could be put up for sale if an agreement over an extension isn’t reached this summer.

Alderweireld made only 14 Premier League appearances in an injury-hit 2017/18 campaign and saw Davinson Sanchez nail down a starting place at the back in his absence. Tottenham are unwilling to meet his wage demands and are open to a sale for £75m. Chairman Daniel Levy will drive a hard bargain to get maximum value from the centre-back and may do the same for Dembele.

The 30-year-old has also seen his contract demands rebuffed by Tottenham this summer. Dembele wants a long-term deal, but Spurs aren’t budging. The Belgian was substituted on or substituted off in 20 of his 28 Premier League appearances last season, highlighting his dwindling fitness levels and influence on the pitch.

Tottenham have Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama in his absence and have been linked with Olympique Lyonnais’ 21-year-old midfielder Tanguy NDombele. Dembele would surely fetch a decent price too, as he’s been a good servant in his six years with the Londoners.

Big names could join Tottenham as key players are set to stay

After Tottenham’s stadium move, there were fears the club could suffer financially and have to put their best players up for sale. But it actually appears Spurs are in a healthy place and have scrapped their wage structure to tie down their most important talent. Should the likes of Eriksen and Alli follow Pochettino and Kane, big-name players in Europe could be convinced to make the switch.

Since Pochettino was appointed manager of Tottenham, the club have finished fifth (2014/15), third (2015/16), second (2016/17) and third (2017/18) in the Premier League. There was a fear that fantastic record could be ruined by a troublesome 2018/19 campaign had they resorted to cost-cutting measures, but now they could further improve the squad.

Tottenham should be firmly in the race for a top-four finish next season, so players shouldn’t consider it a gamble to move White Hart Lane. Spurs have racked up 70 points or more in each of the last three campaigns and are tying down their most important personnel to ensure a good season is too come.

 

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Toure to exit Man City, Can leaving Liverpool: Premier League clubs submit released list

Yaya Toure (Manchester City) and Emre Can (Liverpool) are two notable departures as the 20 Premier League clubs submit their released list.

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) is retiring to become a first-team coach and Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) is retiring to become Head of Academy

AFC Bournemouth

  • Allsop, Ryan
  • Cargill, Baily James
  • Harfield, Oliver John
  • Matthews, Samuel Lloyd
  • O’Flaherty, Patrick
  • Quigley, Joseph Richard
  • Wiggins, Rhoys Barry

Arsenal

  • Bola, Marc Joel
  • Cazorla, Santiago
  • Crean, Alexander Felix
  • Eyoma, Aaron Jordan
  • Huddart, Ryan David
  • Johnson, Chiori
  • Keto, Hugo Oliver
  • Mertesacker, Per
  • Moore, Tafari Lalibela

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • Ajiboye, David Ibukun
  • Ayunga, Jonah Ananias Paul
  • Dallison-Lisbon, Thomas Albert
  • Hornby-Forbes, Tyler Cecil
  • Hunemeier, Uwe
  • Hutchinson, Desmond John
  • Ince, Rohan
  • Kone, Mamadou Saliou
  • Krul, Timothy Michael
  • Myles Meekums, Reece Christopher
  • O’Sullivan, Rian Michael
  • Rosenior, Liam James
  • Sidwell, Steven James

Burnley

  • Anderson, Thomas Robert
  • Arfield, Scott
  • Barnett, Jordan Thomas
  • Birch, Arlen Tom
  • Ginnelly, Joshua Lloyd
  • Jackson, Bradley Allen
  • Layton, Samuel Jay Dixon
  • Limb, Harry
  • Long, Christopher
  • Marney, Dean Edward
  • Metz, Khius
  • Nabi, Rahis
  • Thomas, Jamie Carl

Chelsea

  • Beeney, Mitchell Ryan
  • Christie-Davies, Isaac David
  • Dasilva, Cole Perry
  • Delac, Matej
  • Dos Reis Carvalho, Eduardo
  • Houghton, Jordan
  • Masampu, Renedi
  • Oliveira Dos Santos, Wallace
  • Walters, Tushaun-Tyreese

Crystal Palace

  • Berkeley-Agyepong, Jacob Kwame
  • Cabaye, Yohan
  • Cavalieri, Diego
  • Coker, Andre Jordan Coleridge
  • Delaney, Damien Finbarr
  • Fundi, Victor
  • Lee, Chung Yong
  • Sako, Bakary
  • Ward, Joel Edward Philip

Everton

  • Baxter, Jose
  • Byrne, Sam John
  • Dyson, Calum William
  • Grant, Conor James
  • Gray, Louis
  • Henen, David Boris Philippe
  • Robles Blazquez, Joel

Huddersfield Town

  • Boyle, Jack Alfie Andrew
  • Carvalho, Denilson Almeida Leonel
  • Cogill, Dylan Joseph
  • Colville, Luca Robert
  • Green, Robert Paul
  • Whitehead, Dean

Leicester City

  • Debayo, Joshua Akinkunmi
  • Huth, Robert
  • McLeod, Sammie
  • Watts, Dylan Billy
  • Yates, Cameron James

Liverpool

  • Can, Emre
  • Correia Gomes, Toni
  • Dhanda, Yan
  • Firth, Andrew
  • Flanagan, Jonathan
  • Neves Alves, Paulo Manuel
  • Parker, Mich’El
  • Williams, Michael Jordan

Manchester City

  • Diallo, Sadou
  • Duhaney, Demeaco
  • Patching, William Luke
  • Sarmiento Martinez, Erik
  • Sokol, Pawel Kazimierz
  • Toure, Gnegneri Yaya
  • Wood, Marcus James

Manchester United

  • Carrick, Michael
  • Johnstone, Max Oliver
  • Kenyon, Jake Barry
  • Moutha-Sebtaoui, Ilias
  • Redmond, Devonte Vincent
  • Richardson, Theo Huw
  • Riley, Joe
  • Scott, Charlie Thomas

Newcastle United

  • Aziakonou, Yannick
  • Cameron, Kyle Milne
  • Elmahanni, Yasin Ben
  • Findlay, Stuart}
  • Gallacher, Owen John
  • Gamez Duarte, Jesus
  • Gillesphey, Macauley
  • Gilliead, Alex Nicholas
  • Good, Curtis
  • Haidara, Massadio
  • Heaney, Mackenzie
  • Heardman, Tom
  • Hunter, Jack David
  • Kitchen, Benjamin
  • Long, Oliver James
  • McNall, Lewis
  • Pearson, Brendan Conor
  • Smith, Callum
  • Smith, Liam Phillip
  • Spooner, Craig
  • Ward, Daniel John
  • Williams, Callum Dylan
  • Woolston, Paul Hudson

Southampton

  • Bakary, Mohamed Richard
  • Cook, Oliver David Paul
  • Gardos, Florin
  • Little, Armani
  • Olomola, Olufela
  • Pied, Jeremy
  • Wood, William Nicholas

Stoke City

  • Ayoola, Olusola Adeola
  • Banks, Lewis
  • Greenidge, Jordan Neil
  • Hill, Ryan
  • Ireland, Stephen James
  • Johnson, Glen McLeod Cooper
  • Lecygne, Eddy
  • Marques De Almeida, Luis

Swansea City

  • Britton, Leon James
  • Darame, Causso
  • Davies, Mael Daniel
  • Ki, Sung Yueng
  • Paljk, Matic
  • Thomas, Lewis Rhys
  • Zaragoza, Angel Rangel

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Loft, Ryan
  • Maghoma, Christian
  • O’Reilly, Luke Patrick
  • Pritchard, Joe Cameron
  • Tsaroulla, Nicholas

Watford

  • Gartside, Nathan James
  • Lewis, Dennon Elliot
  • Mason, Brandon Alexander
  • Rogers, Louis Ronald
  • Rowan, Charles Alfred
  • Ryan, Maximillian Medwyn Richard
  • Sesay, David Junior Deen
  • Stevens, Connor John
  • Stewart, Carl Leon

West Bromwich Albion

  • Campbell, Tahvon
  • McAuley, Gareth Gerald
  • McCourt, Robbie
  • Morrison, James Clark
  • Myhill, Glyn Oliver
  • Pierce, Evan
  • Ross, Ethan Walker
  • Yacob, Claudio

West Ham United

  • Collins, James Michael
  • Evra, Patrice Latyr