Remember how excited everyone was after Tottenham Hotspur allegedly submitted a bid for Monaco striker Anthony Martial? Well it might be time for everyone to cool their jets. Monaco manager, Leonardo Jardim, spoke to L'Equipe about his club's summer transfer plans and it looks like a lot of players will be available, but not Martial.
"Je sais que tout peut arriver, j'aimerais juste être fixé le plus vite," a ainsi déclaré le Portugais dans une interview publiée dans nos colonnes. "Silva et Martial restent, comme Dirar, Subasic, Raggi, Échiéjilé et Toulalan. Tous les autres peuvent partir pour des raisons économiques."
Jardim says he is keeping hold of Martial, along with Bernardo Silva, Nabil Dirar, Danijel Subasic, Andrea Raggi, Elderson Échiéjilé, and Jeremy Toulalan. Everyone else on the team, including hot commodities like Joao Moutinho, Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, Layvin Kurzawa, Geoffrey Kondogbia, and Aymen Abdennour, is available due to economic reasons. Jardim insists that the club may have to sell as many as five or six players this summer, just based on their financial position. Obviously, with Champions League qualification looming, that's not a fun position to be in.
For Tottenham, this isn't necessarily bad news. Sure, Martial isn't available, but many of the other players listed above would be excellent additions for Tottenham, particularly Kondogbia. Currently, Arsenal seem to be favorites to sign the former Sevilla midfielder, but perhaps Tottenham can swoop in and steal him before the Gunners complete a deal.