According to the Metro, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has met with chairmen Daniel Levy and told him who the Argentine wants to keep and who he wants to sell on. The players ticketed for the trading block include Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, and Vlad Chiriches. Also, Technical Director Franco Baldini seems set to be axed.
Also, in typical Metro fashion, the paper is shocked (SHOCKED!) that Spurs want to keep around £30 million "flop" Erik Lamela. Leaving aside that Lamela isn't actually a flop, this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's watched the last couple of months of the Tottenham season. Lamela has improved steadily with increased playing time recently and Pochettino obviously sees no reason why that can't continue.
As far as the players being offloaded, there's not a lot of surprises there. Given his play of late, you'd imagine Paulinho might have earned some sort of role in Pochettino's side, but if we can come close to recouping our money for the Brazilian it will be hard to say no to moving him on. Soldado is a player that might not have much for his talents, certainly not one that will be anywhere close to netting Spurs a reasonable fee.
The Metro also lists some interesting information regarding Tottenham's budget for the summer. The Metro believes that Poche will be handed about £30 million to strengthen his squad. Presumably, this amount will be bolstered by whatever the club can make in sales, so figure on somewhere in the neighborhood of £40 or £50 million, barring any big sales. Speaking of big sales, the Metro expects Spurs to allow Danny Rose to leave if Manchester City bid in excess of £15 million. Likewise, Hugo Lloris will be allowed to leave if Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain can come up with £25 million.
There's no quotes in this article and nothing to indicate any possible sources. This is exactly the kind of silly-season article I love. It allows me to write 200 words on things most of us already know and then speculate baselessly for another few hundred words. Take everything in this report from the Metro with a grain of salt. Except that whole Lamela staying thing. That has to be true, because I want it to be.