Tottenham fire sale: Big name put up for sale, offers heard for two other stars - Guardian
By Richard Parks
Tottenham have put Toby Alderweireld up for sale and will listen to offers for Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele this summer, according to a report.
The Guardian claim that Spurs are set for fire sale of elite talent as they face up to the reality of the escalating costs of the new stadium.
It is said that there will be a re-shaping of the senior squad this summer as Mauricio Pochettino is forced to cash in on some big names to fund the ground the team will move into in August.
The Guardian report that the sale of Kyle Walker for £50million to Manchester City last summer will be followed by some more big-name departures led by Alderweireld.
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This is a deeply unpalatable report for Tottenham fans, who had hoped that the new stadium would provide the catalyst for greater investment in the playing squad. That appears to be a long way off, just as it was for Arsenal in the years after their switch to Emirates Stadium. Pochettino lost Walker last summer to City’s riches, and there is a sense now that this summer will lead to a mass exodus that will provide an open goal for Spurs’ Premier League rivals. Neither Alderweireld or Rose has been a regular this season, partly due to injury, but they would make virtually ever fans’ best possible starting XI if fit and firing. Dembele has been a nailed-on starter, and delivered memorable performances in a cluster of masterclasses in February and March. Each of the three would be sorely missed.