We’re not even a week past the end of the 2018-19 Premier League season, and the summer transfer window inexplicably opens on Thursday. As in tomorrow.
That’s super soon! And because Tottenham Hotspur have gone an entire year without signing anyone, something that has exposed gaping holes in the side even as Mauricio Pochettino dragged the carcasses of his players to top four and the Champions League final, you can expect Spurs to be linked with a transfer move for virtually any player with a pulse and ambitions to play European competition.
Speculation is fine, but don’t expect Spurs to make any moves until after the Champions League final, incoming or outgoing. Dan Kilpatrick writes in the Evening Standard today that Tottenham has put a moratorium on transfer moves and negotiations until after the match in Madrid.
Pochettino has strongly hinted that there’s an overhaul of the squad coming this summer, with a number of players linked with transfers out of the club, and potentially more coming in. That includes Christian Eriksen (linked with a big-money move to Spain), Kieran Trippier (linked with Napoli), Toby Alderweireld, Victor Wanyama, Fernando Llorente, Serge Aurier, and more. Nixing both contract talks and negotiations with other clubs makes a lot of sense, as there’s a really stinkin’ big match coming up and it does nobody any good to have players distracted by what their Tottenham future holds going forward.
However, that’s not to say that there won’t be work going on behind the scenes, especially with regards to incoming players. I interpret Kilpatrick’s article to imply that the entire scouting and transfer machine at Spurs won’t grind to a complete halt for the next couple of weeks. Tottenham are already said to be close to a deal to sign Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham, and Kilpatrick specifically mentions credible links to Andre Gomes and Giovani Lo Celso. But I wouldn’t expect any announcements of signed or departed players until after June 1.
It’s looking like this could potentially be a very exciting summer for transfers, which is an odd thing to contemplate after the past 12 months. However, it’s wise to temper our expectations and be patient for a little while, at least until the season is officially over.
But that’s okay, we’re Tottenham fans, we should be used to that by now, right?