Unlike the majority of their rivals, Tottenham Hotspur are yet delve into the transfer market.
The Premier League runners-up have seen Arsenal sign Alexandre Lacazette, Manchester United bring in Romelu Lukaku, Liverpool convince Roma to part with Mohamed Salah, Manchester City secure the services of Bernardo Silva and Chelsea clinching Antonio Rudiger.
And yet this is perhaps Mauricio Pochettino’s most important summer in England. The Premier League is at it’s most competitive and a poor transfer window could see them lose their Champions League status.
Daniel Levy is thought to be biding his time with the Spurs chairman feeling there are bargains to be had as the window progresses, but that could backfire. Levy is going to have to pull the trigger sooner rather than later if they’re to land their top transfer targets.
We take a look at the top five Tottenham transfer targets according to the Football Whispers Index — which scores the validity of transfer rumours out of five — to see who could help Spurs in their title quest this season.
Juan Foyth – Estudiantes – 3.7
The 19-year-old was only promoted to the first-team in January 2017 and went on to make four appearances last season.
The form he showed in his limited appearances was enough for him to be included in Argentina’s squad for this summer’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup, which included an appearance in a 3-0 defeat to England.
Former Manchester United and Chelsea midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron, the Estudiantes president, is due to fly in over the coming to days to hold talks with the Premier League club.
Reports suggest it’s just minor details to be thrashed out and he could be a Spurs player by the end of the week.
Foyth’s arrival may prove important for Spurs. Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of Eric Dier in recent days, with the Jose Mourinho wanting to add the £60million rated versatile defender to his squad.
The future of Kevin Wimmer – a transfer target for Southampton who could replace wantaway defender Virgil van Dijk – is also still up in the air.
And with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen 28 and 30 years old respectively, it would make sense for Spurs to look to the future. The young Argentine defender could mature into one of the best in the world under Pochettino’s guidance.
Joshua King – Bournemouth – 3.0
In June, Josh King told the Bournemouth Echo he was interested by the possibility of a move to Spurs. But he added he wasn’t going to leave the Cherries in a hurry.
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“I was intrigued even being mentioned in the same sentence as Spurs, a big team who play in the Champions League,” said the 25-year-old. “It is the summer holiday now and I’ve learned so much from the gaffer here.”
“You never know in football but, hopefully, I will be here next year and I’m looking forward to working with the gaffer because he’s been brilliant with me since the day I set foot on the training ground.”
Spurs are in the market for a striker to play a back-up role to Harry Kane and although they are not going to ditch Vincent Janssen – a target for Borussia Monchengladbach – Pochettino needs more options in attack.
The club have been linked with former Leicester City striker Andrej Kramaric as well as Bayer Leverkusen marksman Javier Hernandez, but it’s King who seemingly fits the bill for Pochettino’s side.
After 16 goals in the Premier League last term, the Norway international is a hot commodity but, as reported by The Mirror, King doesn’t want to jump ship and join a side where he has to play second fiddle.
Kelechi Iheanacho – Manchester City – 3.0
Iheanacho looked set to join Leicester City after the Foxes matched City’s £20million valuation of the player.
The Nigerian forward was to be officially announced later this week after a source close to the player told All Nigeria Soccer.
“Monaco were ready to bid 35 million pounds for Iheanacho and they were in talks with his agent,” an intermediary told website AllNigeriaSoccer.
“He was offered a four-year contract and would have been paid £4.4million per season wages if he agreed the move. But he is joining Leicester City, the club are delaying the announcement because of a dispute with his former agent.
“He was interested in moving to Monaco but said it can only be possible when he gets his British passport.”
However, the Sun claim Spurs have thrown a spanner into the works.
Now Manchester City are even more eager to tie up a deal to take Kyle Walker from London to Manchester, having missed out on Paris Saint-Germain bound Dani Alves, Daniel Levy is looking to capitalise.
The Spurs chairman wants to involve Iheanacho in any deal for Walker. Spurs value the right-back at £50million but City weren’t prepared to pay that. Levy may now accept £35million plus the 20-year-old.
The striker would play back-up to Kane but could save the club money if they’re not having to spend big to bring in an attacker this summer.
Max Meyer – Schalke – 3.0
According to German publication Bild, Schalke have put Meyer up for sale, knowing that he will not sign a new deal.
This has seen Spurs rekindle their interest in the 21-year-old a year after missing out on his signature.
The German was a key target for Pochettino 12 months ago but Schalke wouldn’t budge on their £45million asking price.
Spurs had to settle with £30million Moussa Sissoko – who turned out to be a flop.
However, Meyer now has just a year remaining on his deal and the Bundesliga club are keen to cash in. A bid of £18million may be enough to convince the Germans to sell their highly rated midfielder.
The youngster is well thought of in his home country and now Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp thought so much of Meyer that he tried to convince him to make an unthinkable switch across the Ruhr Valley from Schalke to rivals Dortmund.
The German’s versatility would see him fill a number of positions in the Spurs squad, something we looked at here.
Steven N’Zonzi – Sevilla – 2.0
Spurs have been linked with several options in the middle of the park, from Nice’s dynamic Ivorian Jean Michaël Seri, to Adrien Silva, the Sporting Lisbon playmaker who admitted an interest in a move to England this week.
But over recent days, what seemed to be tentative links to N’Zonzi have now intensified.
The Frenchman looked set to join Barcelona as the back-up to Sergio Busquets but that deal never materialised. The former Stoke City powerhouse was also thought to be interesting Man City but Pep Guardiola is yet to make a move.
Juventus, too, were keen on the 28-year-old but have turned their attention to Blaise Matuidi. N’Zonzi has a €40million release clause in his contract which put the Turin side off and could well do the same to Spurs.
But if Dier does depart the club will need to replace him and N’Zonzi’s composure at the heart of midfield would be a welcomed presence.