Is it too early for summer 2022 transfer rumors? Of course it isn’t! On a slow day where the only thing Tottenham Hotspur fans have to look forward to is a Thursday night away trip to France in the Europa Conference League, why not cast our eyes to the horizon?
Today’s rumor comes courtesy of the indefatigable Fabrizio Romano, who had a short segment on his Here We Go Podcast. According to Romano, Spurs pulled the plug on striker signings this summer when the market went crazy, and instead opted to save their pennies for a new forward next year.
“It’s important for Tottenham fans to understand that Paratici is always thinking long term... Pape Sarr is one for the future. Emerson [Royal], he is one for the future, they’re already convinced by him.
“They’re already looking at potential strikers for summer 2022. This summer they had the chance to sign a striker as a backup for Harry Kane, but they were not convinced by some players, so they decided to save their money and invest next summer on the right player. This is Paratici’s style and mentality.”
That brings up the question of who Spurs might target in the next summer window. It’s ludicrously early to answer that question, and it’s quite likely that in addition to the names that we already know about — Lautaro Martinez, Alexander Isak, etc. — there will be new players that explode onto the scene and and perhaps catch Fabio Paratici’s eye.
Romano does make it sound as though Spurs are not content to rest on their laurels. Indeed, I’d be surprised if they did that. We already know Harry Kane wants to leave the club and it’s quite likely we’ll be talking about an entirely new transfer saga by the end of the season. It’s already clear that Tottenham need additional options up front; perhaps this means that Spurs are ready to swing for the fences in 2022.
Another final tidbit from Fabrizio was that Everton was apparently VERY interested in signing midfielder Harry Winks before the close of the window, but Tottenham pulled the plug as they were “not prepared to sell WInks for low money.” I steadfastly refuse to tell you how you should feel about that particular revelation.