So far this summer, all of the top six teams from last season’s final Premier League table have splashed the cash on a new signing or two, bar Tottenham.
When even well-known paupers Everton are forking out over £25m on new recruits, alarm bells should be starting to ring loudly around White Hart Lane at the prospect of being left behind.
Spurs finished 10 points off the top four last term and are 7/2 chances with Ladbrokes to bridge that gap for a Champions League-finish this term.
That price makes them sixth in the betting to return to the promised land and are looking to solidify their claims on a seat at Europe’s top table, with a costly double-purchase.
Having swapped Ben Davies for Gylfi Sigurdsson and securing the Welshman’s teammate Michel Vorm to mind the net when Hugo Lloris isn’t available, Spurs have done efficient work in the transfer window.
But when compared with the Toffees’ £28m capture of Romelu Lukaku or Liverpool’s Luis Suarez-inspired shopping spree, those two deals don’t quite get the pulse racing.
New Lilywhite leader, Mauricio Pochettino, is reportedly making moves to remedy the lack of financial flexing with a combined £45m move for Wilfried Bony and Morgan Schneiderlin.
That neither of their respective clubs want to let the players go is likely to force the asking price for both men skywards.
Swansea, quickly becoming the Southampton to Tottenham’s Liverpool, are adamant they want to keep their leading scorer of last season, but having let two of their first-team core already move to north London, may not be able to keep the 16-goal Ivorian under lock and key should Spurs meet their hefty demands.
As Schneiderlin’s boss at Southampton last term, Pochettino knows all about the Frenchman’s spoiling ability in midfield and clearly feels his inherited Tottenham squad need those qualities despite possessing Sandro, Etienne Capoue and Nabil Bentaleb in that mould.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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