Robinson makes 'huge' Tottenham claim after reported Torres bid twist
Paul Robinson has admitted Tottenham may struggle to convince “top players” like Pau Torres to join this summer.
The ex-Spurs keeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, maintained that the Lilywhites are still a “huge” club, but Europa Conference League football makes it hard to attract the “best” talent.
Marca reported on Saturday (August 14th) Tottenham had triggered the release clause of Villarreal defender Torres but were snubbed by the Spaniard.
The report states that the clause was worth around £42.6million (€50million).
However, Torres, 24, was reportedly unwilling to give up Champions League football to join Spurs.
Tottenham have already completed the capture of one centre-back in Cristian Romero this summer.
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Robinson suggested some players may question Spurs’ ambitions, partly due to the ongoing Harry Kane saga.
He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “Spurs are still one of the biggest clubs in Europe, but the Europa Conference League is not going to attract the top players on the continent like Torres.
“They didn’t get their first-choice manager, and Kane says he wants to leave to win trophies.
“Some players will look at that and question the club’s ambition.
“Spurs are a huge club, the stadium and infrastructure is one of the best in the world.
“But currently the squad isn’t where they want it to be, so it‘ll be harder to attract the top players like Torres.
“When you’re competing with Manchester United or Manchester City in the transfer market and your best player wants to leave, and you’re in the Europa Conference League – you are a less attractive proposition to players.”