Three stars who could still end up at Tottenham before the transfer window ends
Optimism is reaching an all-time high in the white half of North London this summer. Since Antonio Conteís appointment as manager last November, Spurs have gone from strength to strength. Conte galvanised a side that looked void of spirit and ideas under Nuno Espirito-Santo, and rallied them to a fourth-place finish in the Premier League, securing a return to Champions League football for the first time since Jose Mourinho led them to the last 16 of the tournament in 2020. In the close season, Spurs have strengthened with some exciting additions in all areas of the pitch. As such, websites such as oddschecker, which compares odds and provides free offers on football, have tipped Conteís side for more success in the upcoming campaign.
And itís easy to see why they have done exactly that. Tottenham have demonstrated impressive business skills in the transfer market so far. Richarlison is obviously the marquee signing, arriving from Everton for £50m. The Brazilian international will make up one-third of perhaps the most fearsome strike force in the division, alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min.
Yves Bissouma, who was so impressive at Brighton last season, has also arrived, as has wing-back Djed Spence, who helped Nottingham Forest secure a return to the top flight for the first time in over 20 years last term.
Alongside those big money signings, Spurs have shown shrewd business sense as well. Clement Lenglet, who looked like the next big thing at the heart of Barcelonaís defence, has joined on loan. Ivan Perisic - a man who played under Conte 42 times two years ago when the pair led Inter Milan to a first Scudetto in over a decade - has also arrived on a free transfer.
It's been an active transfer window so far, but Spursí spending could be set to continue. Here are three players that could still arrive at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in the coming weeks.
Since his £22.5m arrival at Leicester City four years ago, attacking midfielder James Maddison has been one of the Premier Leagues' most consistent performers. That consistency and creativity makes his continued absence from Gareth Southgateís England squad all the more baffling. The former Norwich City man has managed 77 goal involvements during his time at the King Power Stadium. That's some 16 more than £100m man Jack Grealish, who also spent one year in the Championship during that time frame and still canít manage to match Maddisonís numbers.
Maddison has been crucial to the Foxes' success in recent years. He was a driving force in their 2021 FA Cup triumph, when Youri Tielemansí thunderbolt downed Chelsea. He has also been integral in securing back-to-back seasons of European football, culminating with Leicester's journey to the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League semi-finals last season, where they would lose out to the eventual winners, Jose Mourinhoís Roma.
Rumours have been swirling all summer that Tottenham are set to bag Brendan Rodgersí prize asset, and with the Midlands clubís finances reportedly taking a turn for the worst, the Northern Irish manager may have to cash in on his star man.
Did anyone enjoy a better breakthrough campaign last season than Anthony Gordon? The young Englishman was one of the few bright sparks during Evertonís disastrous 20/21 campaign, in which they only just avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth.
It appeared that the only way was up for Frank Lampardís side, but in pre-season theyíve been on the end of a 4-0 hiding from MLS side Minnesota United. The Toffees started a relatively strong squad but still found themselves 3-0 down at half-time. Another tumultuous season could be on the cards, and Gordon may be thinking that itís time to jump the sinking ship.
During his first three years as a senior pro at Goodison Park, Gordan managed just 20 appearances in all competitions. Last season, the 21-year-old managed to double that, appearing on 40 occasions, scoring four times and recording three assists. Admittedly those arenít world-beating numbers, but football isnít all about the stats. The winger has flair in abundance, and it seemed as if he was the one designated with the task of making things happen on the blue half of Merseyside last season.
Transfermarkt values Gordan at £18m, but it's thought that he could go for as much as double that if he is to be prised away from his boyhood club. It remains to be seen whether Antonio Conte and Daniel Levy would be willing to pay such a high amount after an already expensive summer for Spurs.
Much was expected of Memphis Depay following his free transfer from Lyon to Barcelona last summer. Itís safe to say that, for now at least, the Dutchman hasnít hit the heights expected of him. Depay managed just 12 La Liga goals last season, after being brought to Barcelona by fellow Dutchman, manager Ronald Koeman. When Koeman departed the club in October, just a few months after Depayís arrival, the centre-forward fell down the pecking order. The signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, and the recent arrival of Ä50m superstar Robert Lewandowski in recent days, has only pushed Depay further down the list of striking options.
Add to this Barcelona's outrageous spending this summer, despite the club being over Ä1bn in debt, and it becomes apparent that the sale of Depay could potentially raise much needed funds, as well as reduce the club's wage bill, which at this point is surely out of control. If so, Spurs may be able to get hold of Depay at a cut price.
Depay would make a suitable tactical addition to the Spurs squad. Both Richarlison and Son Heung-Min can play as strikers when required, but the only true out-and-out striker in the Tottenham ranks remains Harry Kane. Depay would provide much needed cover for the Englishman, which would be especially beneficial in the upcoming campaign, where matches will be coming thick and fast due to the first ever winter world cup in Qatar.
Again, it's a question of how much Spurs will be looking to spend following recent purchases. Should they opt for another major transfer, enhancing the strike force would be the way to go, and Depay is one possible bargain that could be pulled away from his club.
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