Options Open as Deadline Day Arrives
Spurs may have already made their first signing in 18 months but for many fans, frustration in a lack of dealing has permeated through this transfer window. That frustration has been the theme over the last few weeks but finally, we’ve reached D Day.
It’s time for Daniel to delve deep or, if some parts of the media are to be believed, the most popular manager since Keith Burkinshaw will be on his way.
So, will there be some new Spurs players in the squad come 5pm or are we set for another day of disbelief and idle rumour?
With the stories surrounding Philippe Coutinho reaching a negative conclusion, the man to re-emerge on deadline day morning is Giovani Lo Celso. The Real Betis midfielder has been linked with Spurs over a number of weeks and reports are now focusing their attention on the Argentinian.
Even the BBC have jumped on this one with a story that suggests Tottenham will hurry through a loan deal with an option to buy at a later stage. The same report from the BBC also claims that a £25 million fee has been agreed with Fulham for another long-term target – Ryan Sessegnon. Higher figures have been mentioned in relation to the versatile youngster but the latest report suggests that Josh Onomah will be moving to Craven Cottage as part of the deal.
Still On the Table
The other ‘live’ transfer rumour concerns the possible signing of Juventus’ Argentine forward Paulo Dybala. Once again, the story isn’t exactly a new one but it retains the potential to go through on transfer deadline day.
In fact, some reports suggest that a fee has been agreed between the two clubs and that the player actually wants to come to the new White Hart Lane! If Manchester United’s failed pursuit of Dybala tells us anything, it’s that an agreement on personal terms could be some way away.
Nevertheless, if we can get excited about one story on deadline day, it’s the prospect of one of the world’s best strikers arriving at the white half of North London.
We’ve mentioned Philippe Countinho and this always seemed an unlikely prospect. The Brazilian cost Barcelona some £142 million when signing from Liverpool and a loan deal seemed the more possible, if distant conclusion.
The other long term target that Spurs seem to have passed on is Bruno Fernandes. The Sporting Lisbon midfielder may well leave Portugal before the day is out but, according to the papers, Manchester United seems a more plausible destination.
Nobody would be that surprised if either, or possibly both of these rumours resurfaced on Thursday but for now, both look to be ‘dead in the water.’
In Through the Out Door
Aside from the possible departure of Josh Onomah as part of the Ryan Sessegnon deal, there are few reports linking Spurs players with a move away from North London on deadline day. There have been those stories concerning Christian Eriksen and, once again, it would be no great surprise to see the Dane emerge as a key figure on Thursday.
The Eriksen to Manchester United rumours would surely intensify if Giovani Lo Celso were to sign for Tottenham. However, it seems that our current midfielder still hankers for that Real Madrid move. Real in turn, look disinterested while United have switched their focus to Bruno Fernandes.
We’re used to seeing quiet deadline days at Spurs but for once, things might actually be interesting. The question is, will Levy get them over the line or are we heading for a frustrating day of failed negotiations and non-arrivals?