If you were hoping for Tottenham Hotspur to make a big splash in the January transfer window, best reorient your expectations. Writing for the Evening Standard, Dan Kilpatrick reports that Spurs manager Jose Mourinho will not be given substantial transfer funds for a squad overhaul in January. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that there won’t be incomings or outgoings.
This is mostly what we all expected to hear anyway. The January transfer market is weird and usually way overvalued, and it’s difficult to pry players away from their clubs in the middle of the season. The exceptions are (hopefully?) players like Christian Eriksen, who clearly want out of their club situations and would be willing to move in the middle of the year just to change jobs.
However, Kilpatrick does note that the lack of a large warchest doesn’t mean that Spurs won’t be bringing players, suggesting that Daniel Levy will be keeping an eye out for “bargains” next month, and also noted that one “incoming player” could be the full purchase of Giovani Lo Celso, who would be available for a smaller fee in January than he would in the summer.
So no real surprises here — don’t expect a Bruno Fernandes, Paulo Dybala, or a Gareth Bale in January, but there’s a chance that if a player like Lucas Moura is available at a can’t-pass-this-up fee, Spurs may yet make a move.