It has already been a busy couple of weeks at Tottenham since the season ended and the transfer window is not even open. On Tuesday, Spurs announced their first signing of the summer, with Ivan Perisic making the move on a free two-year deal and Fraser Forster’s move doesn’t look too far away from confirmation.
The likes of Christian Eriksen, Filip Kostic and Alessandro Bastoni have also been linked with a move to N17, with Antonio Conte wanting at least six new arrivals this summer. This will not only help improve the strength of the squad the Italian already has, but will also solve the squad depth issue, which will become more important with the introduction of the five substitution rule next season.
A number of players at Spurs have had their futures questioned in the last year or so. Some of this has been down to their lack of game time under Conte, whilst others who have been on loan may move on permanently this summer.
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With all the talk around incomings, football.london takes a look at the six outgoings who could leave this summer and how much Tottenham may get from selling them.
Conte has transformed Spurs’ defense, from being a team conceding multiple goals each week, to a strong back line who were dealing with much of what was thrown at them. Although this was largely down to the back trio, the wing-backs are also a key part in the Italian’s set-up.
Both Sergio Reguilon and Emerson Royal had to adapt from their full-back position, to the wing-back role that was required under the 52-year-old. The duo produced a mixture of performances, but failed to create consistency across the season.
The Brazilian had an arguably easier ride, with Matt Doherty’s injury ruling him out for the final stretch of games. Reguilon was competing with Ryan Sessegnon, who has also struggled with injuries, but the Spaniard was the one who missed out on the final five matches of the last campaign.
Real Madrid have their final option to re-sign Reguilon, when the summer transfer window opens, for a fee that is believed to be around £ 43million. Neither player will want to sit on the bench next season, which is likely to be the case for Reguilon, after the signing of Ivan Perisic.
Doherty was becoming the main right wing-back before his injury and if another right wing-back is brought to N17, Royal is likely to drop down the pecking order and both may then look for a new club, where regular football is guaranteed.
Reguilon and Royal funds = £ 60million
Another who is likely to struggle even more for game time next season, even without any new arrivals, is Harry Winks. The 26-year-old made just 19 Premier League starts last season, starting in only nine of those matches.
Winks hasn’t impressed enough, when given the opportunity, but has also struggled to get regular game time with a battle in central midfield. Since Rodrigo Bentancur’s arrival in January, the Uruguayan has built up a strong bond with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the middle, leaving no room for the Englishman.
Oliver Skipp missed the second half of the season through injury, but when he returns, it will be another person for Winks to compete with and that’s without any potential new arrivals who may come in as central midfield options. Therefore and for the sake of his own career, it may be best for the academy graduate to look to get regular game time and get his confidence back, at another club.
Both Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso have been on loan since January, with the former playing in France with Lyon and the Argentine spending time at Villarreal. Lo Celso made 16 La Liga appearances for Unai Emery, scoring a goal and registering an assist, whilst the 25-year-old featured 11 times in Ligue 1.
The duo are set to return to N17 this summer, but the question is, will it be for long? Neither player was impressing under Conte and were struggling to fit into his system and perform consistently.
Therefore with the Italian having seven months to work and strengthen his squad and now new arrivals helping to develop it further, there may no longer be a place for either of the loanees to just slot back and it could see the midfield trio all close their Tottenham chapter.
Winks, Lo Celso and Ndombele funds = £ 73million
Spurs’ front three were handed added strength, with the arrival of Dejan Kulusevski in January. The Swede slotted straight in to Conte’s regular XI and made an immediate impact, scoring five goals and registering eight assists in just 18 Premier League appearances.
The attacking trio worked to assist one another and helped the Lilywhites in their top four race. This meant the likes of Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn had to watch from the sidelines in a number of matches.
The Brazilian was often Conte’s first choice of substitution, with Bergwijn seemingly lower down in the 52-year-old’s pecking order. However the Dutch international has shown his quality when given an opportunity, highlighted in his injury time brace which secured Tottenham three points against Leciester in January.
Ealier this month, the Italian admitted that he felt sorry for Bergwijn. “For me, it’s a bit difficult to keep him on the bench because Steven is maybe the player he should deserve more, but we have to always try a good balance,” Conte said in his post match press conference, after his side’s 3- 1 victory against The Foxes.
“He is a striker, a fantastic striker, but in this position, there is Harry and then Sonny. Deki gives us quality and quantity, and sometimes it’s very difficult.
“For sure maybe I’m giving [Steven] less than he deserves, and I want to be honest, “he added.
This perhaps indicates that the 24-year-old isn’t doing enough to earn himself a starting spot and there are players ahead of him. For someone like Bergwijn, who has shown his quality on a number of occasions, it is quite likely that he would want to and maybe believes he deserves to be playing regular football.
There has already been interest from clubs across the world and if the attacker does want to be playing week in, week out, then maybe a move is what’s best.
Bergwijn funds = £ 26million
Those six outgoings could raise up to £ 159million for Tottenham. Just last week ENIC made a. 150million investment, which would make a potential total of more than £ 300million for Spurs to spend.
This gives a major boost to Fabio Paratici and Conte, in their search for new arrivals, to strengthen the Spurs squad. However there are a few other current Tottenham players, whose futures are also in question.
Japhet Tanganga is another Lilywhites’ player whose season was riddled with injury and so he did not get too many opportunities to impress his new boss. football.london reported on Monday that the club will decide on the 23-year-old’s future in the summer, after a pre-season under Conte.
Joe Rodon and Davinson Sanchez also struggled with regular game time last season, especially the former. The Colombian was often given the nod if one of the back three were injured and made a decent enough impact in the final few games, given Cristian Romero’s absence.
This showed Sanchez is someone Conte can rely on and the Italian believes if the 25-year-old can improve his concentration for 90 minutes during games, he could be a top defender. Rodon, on the other hand, has had it tough at Spurs.
The Welsh international has performed well on multiple occasions for his country, but just has not been given the opportunities under the Italian. Given his age, being just 24, it would be a great time for Rodon to be developing as a defender and getting regular football.
This isn’t what he is getting at Tottenham and if more defenders are brought to N17 this summer, he will fall even further down the pecking order. Rodon may just want a loan move to help his development, before hopefully returning and beping able to slot into the regular XI, but he may also deicde it’s best for his own career to move on permanently.
Rodon, Tanganga and Sanchez funds = £ 48million
If all nine players made the move away this summer, Spurs could earn themselves up to £ 207million, which would give them a major boost for money to spend on incomings. However only time will tell how many of these players close their Tottenham chapter and if they do leave, how much the club can get for them.
All valuations were taken from CIES and were correct at the time of publishing.