Super-agent Jorge Mendes will have a major say in the Tottenham summer recruitment drive, Football Insider understands.
Spurs engaged in three Mendes-steered signings last year and the world’s most famous and active transfer facilitator is set to be key again in the upcoming window.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that the club are unlikely to spend big this summer due to massively reduced revenues caused by the pandemic.
They posted a £63.9million loss in their last set of accounts and chairman Daniel Levy has warned of further “irrecoverable” losses of £150m from playing this season without fans.
There will be a focus on finding value in the market and that is likely to mean more of the type of loan-to-buy deals that have become increasingly popular at White Hart Lane.
Owner Joe Lewis insists that Levy runs the club sustainably rather than being reliant on his personal fortune.
The Bahamas-based chief does not get involved in the details but has no problem with using Mendes regularly if it is the best deal for the club.
Mendes’ vast stable of players through his Gestifute agency will not only be key at Tottenham but also the agent’s incredible connections that help grease the wheels of so many other deals.
Mendes took Benfica pair Carlos Vinicius and Gedson Fernandes to Tottenham in loan deals last year that include options to buy at the end of the agreements.
Matt Doherty joined permanently from Wolves, with Football Insider revealing how £6m of the £16m transfer fee went directly to Mendes.
That deal raised eyebrows as Mendes is a close associate of Fosun International, who own Wolves, and is also the agent of Doherty as well as managers Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo.
The Londoners are resistant to accusations of reliance on one agent, however well connected.
It was actually another super agent, Pini Zahavi, who struck the deal that landed Mourinho in November 2019 rather than Mendes.