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Spurs could benefit for years from legacy-defining transfer deadline day

 • by Sam McGuire
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After signing Lucas Moura on deadline day in January 2018, Tottenham Hotspur went over 500 days without adding to their squad. But after a drought often comes the rain… 

This summer Spurs added Jack Clarke – who arrived from Leeds United and then returned to Yorkshire on a 12-month loan. Daniel Levy then pulled off a stunning coup to sign in-demand Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for a club-record £55million.

And with a few hours of the summer window remaining, a potential deluge of new arrivals could hit Tottenham; they are in talks to sign Paulo Dybala, Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon and Youcef Atal

Dybala was once tipped as the successor to Lionel Messi. He was earmarked as a future galáctico and pre-Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus, the Argentina international had scored 68 goals in three seasons.

He’s not being forced out of Turin having failed to live up to the hype, however, he’s being forced out because he doesn’t fit the Juventus system in the post-Ronaldo era.  

Make no mistake about it, Dybala is a game-changing, match-deciding signing. If Spurs do land him for a reported £65million fee, it’s the bargain of the summer. 

Talks don’t necessarily mean a deal will happen but reports claim Lo Celso, Dybala and Sessegnon are likely to join. Even if Atal remains at Nice, it would be a sensational end to what looks set to be a transformative window for Spurs. 

There’s no guarantee these players immediately settle or have an impact from the off. But if it clicks, Mauricio Pochettino has a squad capable of battling Manchester City for the Premier League title.

Regardless of that, Tottenham will have won the transfer window It’s a legacy-defining period for Spurs, one that will shape the club for the next decade.

Though they’ve been part of the established Premier League top six for some time, they’ve always been viewed by the masses as a tier below the other five clubs. 

The dearth of trophies and lack of high-profile signings gave credence to that argument. But, right before our very eyes, Spurs are evolving. 

They’re no longer punching above their level, this is their level. 

Tottenham now have more pulling power than Manchester United. They have one of the best managers in the world and they’ve managed to keep hold of their stars, something rival Premier League clubs have struggled to do when Barcelona and Real Madrid come calling. 

This summer secures their seat at the top table of European football. They’ve taken on the established big clubs and beat them. And the playing field has been levelled with Pochettino having the money to spend to compete with his rivals.

Winning the transfer window doesn’t deliver a trophy but the business done this summer could lead to several pieces of silverware in the years to come. 

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