Tottenham boss told by Levy to flog senior stars for overhaul

By Wayne Veysey

15th Jun, 2020 | 6:45am

Sources: Levy tells Mourinho to flog senior Spurs stars as masterplan revealed

Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is telling Jose Mourinho he will have to flog senior stars to fund the summer overhaul he wants.

The long-standing chairman has made it clear to the Portugese there will not be cash for big spending in the market after the havoc caused by the pandemic.

A Tottenham source has told Football Insider there have been discussions over the club’s transfer policy among the hierarchy and the focus will be on loans, free transfer and bargain deals this summer.

Mourinho is keen to redesign the squad more in his own image, and is already working on multiple potential signings.

As revealed by Football Insider last month, Spurs are hoping to exploit the changed French market to lure some players at knockdown prices.

Paris Saint-Germain right-back Thomas Meunier and Monaco rising star Benoit Badiashile are among their targets, while they have also been linked with Thiago Silva after PSG announced he will be released at the conclusion of the club’s Champions League campaign in August.

Mourinho has other stars on his radar, including from the Premier League such as soon-available duo Willian and Ryan Fraser, as well as the far more expensive Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

An even more significant firesale than last summer is on the cards, with Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Walker-Peters, Serge Aurier and Danny Rose likely to go and offers will be listened to for the likes of Erik Lamela.

What is certain is there will not be a repeat of the kind of deal that made Tanguy Ndombele the club’s record £54million signing when he joined from Lyon last year.

It was announced earlier this month that Spurs have borrowed £175m from the Bank of England to help them through the next year or so, as they respond to the financial destruction of the Covid-19 crisis.

In other Tottenham news, it can be REVEALED that the club have tabled an offer for a young centre-forward.