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Updates: Eriksen, Lo Celso, Sessegnon, Edwards, Rose, Wanyama, N'Koudou

8:34 pm

Updates: Eriksen, Lo Celso, Sessegnon, Edwards, Rose, Wanyama, N'Koudou

Tottenham Transfer Talk

I see there are still plenty of Twitter not aware of the situation at Spurs and what is happening so I'll give another roundup.

Sorry for those of you who are already aware of most of this, but I have picked up quite a few more readers who will not have read the back posts.

There are further articles at the end of this one under the THBN Articles - Further Reading section or under Popular Posts in the righthand sidebar of the Tottenham Hotspur Blog News (THBN) website. If you are reading this on another website just Google THBN.

Tottenham Transfer Talk

Christian Eriksen.

The Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid deal is not dead, nor is the Dani Ceballos loan as part of it.

Real Madrid and ourselves disagree over price and we disagree over a loan deal for Ceballos. We want the choice whether to buy him or not next summer, Real Madrid wants the decision whether to sell him or not, something we will not accept.

Zidane has other targets and only see Eriksen as a squad player so it depends how they get on with their other targets before possibly coming back for Eriksen.

The Dane understands the situation and has tried to put pressure on the club to let him leave. We want £80 million (€89.03m - $99.86m) for him.

We will still be trying to get 25-year-old (26 in August) striker Mariano Diaz in any deal.

Giovani Lo Celso

This is all agreed. I don't care what you are reading in the press, this deal has been agreed since before the Copa America and nothing has changed. Real Betis need a replacement and they have secured Nabil Fakir from Lyon I believe but we'll have to wait and see.

He has put in a transfer request, or his agent has, as he is on holiday after the Copa America and gets back next week.

This deal is going to happen, regardless of the Eriksen situation.

You all know the fee €68m (£61.11m - $76.30m) plus add-ons.

Ryan Sessegnon

This deal is all agreed as well and will happen. We have reopened discussions with Fulham who want a player on loan. I have heard Victor Wanyama mentioned but can't see him wanting to drop down to the Championship and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, which sounds more likely.

Fulham wanted Oliver Skipp but he is a part of our first team and we don't want to send him to the Championship. He should get more game time with us this season and be developed much in the same way Harry Winks was developed.

Marcus Edwards

See my earlier post. A bust-up, still has the wrong mentality, goodbye Marcus.
Marcus Edwards fell out with Pochettino

Danny Rose

He is not committed to Spurs. PSG have been sniffing and his head is elsewhere. Both Everton and Schalke have been monitoring his situation. Again, he had a disagreement with Pochettino and has been left out of the pre-season tour as a result, as you now know, to find a new club.

He was offered a one-year extension to his current deal which only has two years left. He hasn't signed it.

For a full explanation (although it does not include details of the disagreement) of why it is common sense to sell Danny Rose, read another previous post.
Danny Rose - The Explanation

I have posted this before (a month or so I think but I haven't hunted back to find it) and forget about it in the explanation, but Danny Rose has fitness issues. We don't want another Wanyama on our hands.

Victor Wanyama

There is interest in him and we want him shifted. He, like Lamela, has only given us one good season and has spent the last two seasons injured and recovering from injuries.

He has an ongoing knee condition that has to be managed.

We won't get a lot for him, therefore, but he didn't cost a lot either. With Oliver Skipp coming through and Tanguy Ndombélé signed, Wanyama is not in Pochettino's long term plans.

The club are hopeful they can sell him. West Ham have asked about him and the two clubs have started talks.

Georges-Kevin N'Koudou

I don't know how true this is, but I have heard that N'Koudou is going to Fulham in the deal that brings Ryan Sessegnon to Tottenham. It would reduce the fee we have to pay by about £3m (€3.34m - $3.74m) and give them a young player with the potential to develop.

That could be good business for them if they can get him performing with regular football again.

That will do for now, a brief update with news old and new and snippets not in the press, who only know what they are told.


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Spurs Right-back Situation

6:00 am

Spurs Right-back Situation

Kieran Trippier moving to Spain

Everyone, it seems, wants a new right-back, well, the toxic section of our fans certainly do, but to buy a right-back, we first needed to sell Trippier and finalise the Christian Eriksen situation so we know where we are financially.

Trippier is joining Atlético Madrid, subject to a medical. Diego Simeone is one of the best defensive managers in the world and is building a potent strikeforce this season that he wants to be supplied. Trippier will be a key figure in that supply with his crossing ability that the geniuses amongst our fanbase don't think he possesses.

Juventus, Napoli tried to sign him, Bayern Munich were tracking him and he joined the second club in Madrid. That tells you the value Trippier possesses.

The deal I hear is €30m (£27.08m - $33.66m) including add-ons.

It is a great move for him and if you look at where he was prepared to go, Italy or a club renown for their defence, it is clear he wants to improve defensively and win his England place back again.

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Spurs have committed funds to one transfer and have money allocated for Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis and the Sessegnon twins from Fulham. That outlay totals £146.45 million (€162.22m - $182.25m) so it is pretty obvious we need to have some income.

The fringe players are only going to raise around £45 million (€49.85m - $56.00m) and perhaps the same for Eriksen if we get Ceballos included, maybe less if we get Mariano included as well. That looks unlikely though.

Pre-season will determine whether we sign a stop-gap right-back if we feel Walker-Peters or Foyth need development time or if we still see Foyth as a regular centre-back.

Juan Foyth recently revealed to Cielo Sports after being used in the Copa America by Argentina as a centre-back and a right-back that it was Pochettino who suggested he could play there.

"That I’m playing as a full-back is all down to him (Pochettino). One day, we were doing laps around the field and he called me over to talk and asked me if I would feel comfortable playing there. Obviously, I wanted to play and knowing that I could do it well, I said yes. I felt really good in the games I played. Over the past two years, I’ve learned a huge amount of things with him and with his staff."
He performed well there for both club and country and Pochettino has been impressed so he will have no qualms about using him here again. That just points to Foyth being a lot more involved this season, perhaps negating the need to buy.

Our budget for a right-back will be no more than £40m (€44.31m - $49.77m) and there are a number of people we are interested in.

I informed you all a week before the media that Max Aarons had signed a new contract at Norwich City and that we would not be signing him. If we were to be interested in him then it would be next summer if Norwich gets relegated or if he has a storming season in the Premier League.

He would surely be too much now. Events didn't all fall into place at the right time, as is often the case

Remember Ryan Sessegnon didn't have a great season and we are buying him for £25 million (€27.69m - $31.10m) plus £5m (€5.54m - $6.22m) for his brother, who will return to Fulham on loan and is a right-back himself.

That's the verbal agreement we came to and we began discussions again on Tuesday to make that deal happen. He suffered a hamstring injury during the European Under-21 Championships so hasn't been able to train thus there has been no rush. Everyone knows where he is going and where he wants to go.

I believe Fulham want a player on loan, who though I don't know.

The Leicester City full-back Ricardo Pereira is a Portuguese international (5 caps) who is probably going to be too rich for our pockets this window. He is 25-years-old (26 in September) and is under contract until 2023.

Another right-back on our list is 27-year-old (28 in August) Southampton man Cédric Soares. It is likely he will be leaving Saints this summer and is being tracked by PSG, Monaco, and Arsenal. All of those clubs have enquired about him.

He is another Portuguese international, he has 33 caps (1 goal) and is under contract only until 2020. Southampton have a policy of selling players who have 2 years left on their contracts if they haven't signed a new one so they don't run a contract down and lose transfer value.

Love it or hate it, it is a part of football.

A stop-gap option while Kyle Walker-Peters or Juan Foyth develop is 29-year-old (30 next April) Hiroki Sakai.

The Japanese international (56 full caps, 1 goal) and Marseille right-back can also cover the left side.

Sakai has a contract until 2021 so wouldn't be a huge expense. He has played 91 Ligue 1 games scoring 1 goal and having 9 assists. Prior to that, he played for Hannover in the German Bundesliga.

It is worth remembering that Steve Hitchen, our chief scout is considered to be an expert in French football. We have actually signed a young striker from a Ligue 2 side who will be in our development system this season.

Tottenham have a problem because this is Jan Vertonghen's last season at the club, the club already know he wants to end his career at Ajax. Toby Alderweireld has a year left on his contract and Christian Eriksen also has a year left.

If those three players leave with no income for them then how much do you think it would cost to replace them?

At £50 million (€55.38m - $62.22m) each, that would be £150 million (€166.15m - $186.65m). That is a huge expenditure and prevents any other transfer business to strengthen the squad without sales.

If we can get £25m (€27.69m - $31.10m) for Alderweireld this summer and buy a centre-back, that partially negate a potential problem, as does the sale of Christian Eriksen this summer, especially if we get one or two players coming in, unless he signs the new 4-year deal offered to him.

Remember if we loan Ceballos as part of the deal, then we are committing ourselves to an expenditure of around £40 million (€44.31m - $49.77m) next summer should we decide to take up the purchase option we want in the deal.

However, Real Madrid doesn't want to let us have the option, they want to keep the option whether to sell to us or not. That deal could happen even if Eriksen stays but it is on hold until Madrid change their stance, if they do.

That would push next summers spending to around £190 million (€210.50m - $236.39m) and players we are happy to let go, Erik Lamela and Eric Dier will perhaps drop in value with another year gone off their contracts.

I have wandered somewhat off topic of right-backs so I'll finish by giving my view and that is that we will not sign a replacement. I think Foyth will develop into a first choice and we also have Eric Dier who has played there before, but then we could play Foyth in a back three.

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Ceballos, Zaniolo, Lo Celso, Eriksen, Trippier, Parrott, Rose, Saliba

6:00 pm

Tottenham Transfer Talk: Ceballos, Zaniolo, Lo Celso, Eriksen, Trippier, Parrott, Rose, Saliba

 Atletico Madrid now asking after Christian Eriksen

Good afternoon folks and I thought I'd give you an update as there are some false stories doing the rounds. The update has grown somewhat and now consists of 12 players.

Before we get into it, you can read further or fuller stories from a Tottenham perspective under THBN Articles - Further Reading below this article or Popular Posts on the Tottenham Hotspur Blog News righthand sidebar.

Right, now straight into Tottenham Transfer Talk and the roundup.

Dani Ceballos

Tottenham and Real Madrid HAVE NOT agreed on a loan deal for Dani Ceballos. Spurs WILL NOT take Ceballos on loan without it being our decision whether we buy him or not next summer.

That is non-negotiable. There is no way we are simply going to improve a player and increase his transfer value for the benefit of another club, especially as that would mean there would be more interest in him from the very biggest clubs and we wouldn't get our hands on him.

The stories yesterday are all completely false so don't be taken in by them.

Tottenham and Real Madrid are not even currently discussing him and Real Madrid won't budge either. That deal is dead unless they change their position.

Nicolò Zaniolo


Nicolò Zaniolo is not our first choice so we are not going to rush into any deal with him. Roma wants Alderweireld and as Zaniolo wants out we'll see where this one goes.

Giovani Lo Celso

Giovani Lo Celso is in the second week of his holidays after the Copa America so he should all be tied up for the tie against Inter Milan. Real Betis need to secure a replacement.

As I keep saying, clubs like to have a replacement lined up before they release a player, thus you get no official confirmations a deal is done or announcements. The deal was all agreed BEFORE he went to the Copa America and Lo Celso has informed Betis he wishes to join Tottenham.

There have been no changes and all reports of negotiations are rubbish. The deal is agreed at the fee I have listed two or three times now.

Kieran Trippier

Kieran Trippier we are helping out the door and being as accommodating as we can be to assist him moving.

Yes, one of the best defensive managers in the world, Diego Simeone at Atlético Madrid, has asked about him for a second time and we have said go ahead, he is available.

This has been under negotiation for at least a week now.

Lyall Thomas of Sky Sports has suggested Tottenham have been offered Ángel Correa, this is because of a story in Spain from Diario AS suggesting Tottenham, Wolves are chasing the 24-year-old (25 next March) Argentinian striker.

Spurs are not chasing him and he is not a part of the negotiations. Thirty goals in 4 years and under contract until 2024 would make him too much for what he is, plus we have Troy Parrott coming through. In addition, we want to recoup some of the money we are spending this window.



Trippier will not be on the pre-season tour, where Kyle Walker-Peters will get his chance to stake a claim as reported a few weeks ago. Trippier will remain to arrange a move or to finalise details of a move to Atlético, which I hear is all but done.

It also means that Juan Foyth will also be covering the right-back berth as he has impressed for Spurs and Argentina there.

Christian Eriksen

At the same time, Atlético has asked about Christian Eriksen. Our position remains the same, the price is £80 million (88.59m - $99.38m).

We have offered him a new 4-year deal and we want him to sign it. He is waiting to see what offers come in for him before deciding what to do, but the vibes aren't good. 

Better to get £80 million for him now than lose him for free next summer and have to spend another £80 million to replace him, especially when we might have two centre-backs to replace.

William Saliba

William Saliba wanted assurances over game time that Pochettino was not prepared to give him so we walked away from the deal as reported earlier.

Troy Parrott

Keep an eye on Troy Parrott on the pre-season tour because he is making an impression in training, even though it has only recently started and as I wrote a while back, he will get his chance on tour to impress. If he does then we may not buy a back-up striker, we will develop him instead.

Danny Rose

Danny Rose is training and he has been offered a 3-year deal (an extra year onto his existing deal) which he also looks unlikely to sign. Is that because we have signed Ben Davies and expect to have Ryan Sessegnon coming in thus putting extra pressure on his place?

At 29-years-old (30 next July) he is no spring chicken anymore and he will not be travelling with the squad on pre-season tour either.

Both Everton and PSG are interested in him.

Some of you are going to question why this is and I explained it all in an earlier post but for those who missed it, I'll briefly summarise.

Clubs do not want players with less than 2 years on a contract. With 2 years left they have value, with one year left, that value is drastically reduced, in the case of Alderweireld, clubs believe he is worth half his release fee now.

Any player with 2 years left on their contract, who will not sign a contract extension is available for sale. We have three players who now have a year on their contract, two centre-backs and Christian Eriksen.

How much will it cost to replace all three next summer?

You need income from transfers. Football is a business, not a game. The business pays for the game so the business has to be run properly. Buy low, sell high. Don't let your assets and footballers are assets, depreciate.

You keep their value by tying them to contract extensions each season, that's why we have so many contract signings.

There are two left-backs we are interested in, 25-year-old (26 on July 20th) French international Lucas Digne, who is under contract at Everton until 2023 and 26-year-old (27 in August) Argentinian international Nicolás Tagliafico, under contract at Ajax until 2022.

Not forgetting 19-year-old (20 next May) Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham, who is fully expected to arrive once he recovers from his hamstring injury.



Reminders for those of you who have missed previous posts, Marcus Edwards is not training, he is looking for another club, same with Josh Onomah, same with Cameron Carter-Vickers and here is the post listing all the youngsters who are going on the Asia pre-season tour to Singapore and Shanghai.

14 July - Isco, Eric Dier and youngsters going on pre-season tour

Toby Alderweireld

Another reminder for those who have not read the post. After having a meeting with Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino where Toby Alderweireld told them he will not be signing another contract, his contract offer was removed.

If he stays, as is likely, he will not be a guaranteed first-choice player (nor will Eriksen if he is in the last year of his contract too) and would leave for nothing.

Finally our deadwood, nobody as yet wants to buy them and wages are certainly an issue with them.

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Gareth Bale NOT joining Spurs

7:50 am

Gareth Bale NOT joining Spurs

Gareth Bake will not be returning to Spurs

Tottenham Transfer Talk

I posted earlier this window about Gareth Bale. We seriously looked at a 2-year loan deal, we seriously looked at a loan plus purchase and a purchase option, but it simply isn't financially viable.

Marca are reporting that Tottenham have proposed a €60 million (£54m - $67.57m) deal and that Real Madrid pays half his wages.

My sources tell me there is nothing in this story. It should be noted and indeed Spurs fans will remember that Marca are the mouthpiece for Real Madrid. They are owned by Unidad Editorial and are based in Spain covering mainly Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, and Rayo Vallecano. 

 print what Real Madrid tell them to print and use the paper to create stories our press pick up to help unsettle a player like they did with Modric and Bale.

Financially it is very complicated with Gareth Bale who is looking to have the rest of his salary paid by Real Madrid before he will leave. Some of his commercial deals are tied to him being at Real Madrid and he would lose that income were he to move.

Real Madrid are refusing to pay the remaining wages on his contract so they have a stand-off. Bale won't be going anywhere until that is resolved.

For those non-regular readers, his wages for the remaining three years of his contract amount to £51 million (€56.58m - $63.82m) but I see Marca are reporting it as £17 million (€18.89m - $21.27m) a season.

Real Madrid need to raise money for further rebuilding, they want another Galacticos team and buy a new one each summer

I can tell you that PSG are willing to pay close to his existing wages, as far as I am aware, they are the only club willing to do so, but not pay the remaining wages of his existing contract and a transfer fee.

No club is going to shell out over £100 million (€111.14m - $125.14m) for him at his age, with his injury record. and loss of form.

I say no club, he is adored in Asia and he has a contract offer from an unnamed Chinese club doubling his existing salary to £1.2 million-a-week (€1.33m - $1.5m). 

We would like him back at Spurs, of that there is no doubt and he is open to returning to us, but financially it isn't possible until Real Madrid move their position.

Real Madrid wants to raise €200 million (£179.99m - $225.21m) at least from player sales, not spend £50 million (€55.56m - $62.56m) getting rid of one.

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Spurs Pull Out Of Saliba Deal

6:09 am

Spurs Pull Out Of Saliba Deal

Spurs pull out of a deal for Saliba

Saint-Étienne president Roland Romeyer has all-but confirmed Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal target William Saliba will be joining a Premier League team:

"The transfer window in England ends on August 8th so yes there will probably be something that will happen."

He doesn't say which club he will be joining but I can confirm that Saint-Étienne has accepted the Tottenham bid for the 18-year-old (19 next March.

However, I can tell you it isn't Spurs. Mauricio Pochettino had a talk with Saliba and after the conversation, Pochettino told Levy not to pursue a deal for the player.

Whether he expressed a preference for game time at Arsenal I don't know, whether he wasn't prepared to be developed, whether he wants to be a first choice now rather than one of four or whether he doesn't have the winning mentality we need, I don't know.

All I can tell you is that Spurs are not pursuing a deal.

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Spurs Following CSKA Striker

4:30 pm

Spurs Following CSKA Striker

Fedor Chalov is being watched by Spurs

Clubs are watching 21-year-old (22 in April) CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov who has 2 full international caps for Russia.

That in press terms means there is a race!

Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Everton, West Ham United, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Sevilla and Arsenal are all said to be tracking him and they all probably are, but it really does sound like an agent trying to drum up interest by leaking a story to the press.

West Ham United turned down the chance to sign him for £25 million (€27.79m - $31.43m), they have worked with his management company before and the Mirror reports his value as £20m (€22.23m - $25.14m)

Chovin is the youngest winner of the Russian Golden Boot since Oleg Blokhin in 1973 after scoring 15 Premier Liga goals in 27 starts and 3 substitute appearances. He also had 7 assists and can play as a second striker.

The Russian also scored 2 Champions League goals in 6 games, one against Viktoria Pilzen and one against Real Madrid, both away from home.

He is comfortable on either foot and is a composed finisher. He likes to dink the ball over the keeper and is quite lethal inside the box.

The striker has athleticism and mobility and he caught our eye when our lads played in the UEFA Youth League, which matches the Champions League groups each season but for U-19 players.

Chalov scored a goal against Arsenal in April 2018 in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League and was the youngest player to score against them in a European tie in nine years.

He is just one of a number of players we are following but there isn't serious interest at the moment.


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Spurs step up pursuit of Zaniolo

10:00 am

Spurs are stepping up the pursuit of Nicolò Zaniolo

Tottenham are stepping up interest in Nicolò Zaniolo

Tottenham Transfer Talk from Tottenham Hotspur Blog News (THBN)this morning centers on our increasing interest in Roma midfielder Nicolò Zaniolo.

Before we get into that, this story is linked to our pursuit of Dani Ceballos and you can find out why that deal is on hold here:
Ceballos Stalemate So Spurs Turn To Italy

Further THBN Articles can be found below this article.

Daniel Levy met with Franco Baldini on Friday where their offer for Toby Alderweireld was rejected.

The Italians wanted to sign him for less than half his release clause fee and were prepared to go to €15m (£13.47m - $16.93m) I believe.

Tottenham value 20-year-old (21 next July) Nicolò Zaniolo at €50m (£44.89m - $56.44m) and have offered cash plus Toby Alderweireld, who has agreed in principle to a move to Roma.

The deal offered is €27m (£24.24m - $30.48m) plus Alderweireld which would value him at €23m (£20.65m - $25.96m).

There is also Moussa Sissoko. As I revealed, Roma are interested in Moussa Sissoko who is 30 in August and a deal involving both players may be of interest, although Sissoko isn't a player Spurs have on their accept offers for list.

There is more at play here and players are better than cash for Roma. Why?

Because Inter Milan hold a 15% clause on any profit from a future sale of Zaniolo.He joined Roma from Inter last summer for €4.5m (£4.04m - $5.08m).

Inter want Roma striker Edin Dzeko, but only want to pay €12m (£10.77m - $13.54m) whereas Roma want €20m (£17.95m - $22.56m). There is a suggestion that Inter will offer to give up their 15% stake in Zaniolo, which takes the pressure off Roma to push for a higher price for him, perhaps making our negotiation easier and cheaper.

It's a complicated world transfers and there are factors outside of the deal you are negotiating that can affect it, as you see.

Zaniolo's first choice is Juventus but they can't seem to secure a deal, nor can they give him any assurances over playing time and how important he will be to the team.

They have thus far offered 26-year-old Italian goalkeeper Mattia Perin, 24-year-old Italian centre-back Daniele Rugani, and 31-year-old Colombian winger Juan Guillermo Cuadrado.

Their latest offer is 31-year-old Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuaín, but some reports suggest the former Napoli striker will turn down all offers as he has no intention of leaving Juventus.

The suggestion in Italy is that Roma will now turn to Tottenham and do a deal.

Mauricio Pochettino can point to a smaller squad and perhaps less competition for places to assure Zaniolo of his importance to the team, which not guaranteeing selection.

With Giovani Lo Celso coming in and Zaniolo, it would certainly put pressure on Eriksen to sign the new 4-year deal he has been offered. It would also put pressure on the likes of Erik Lamela to produce the goods. He wants to stay at the club but the club are happy to sell him, for the right price.

Zaniolo has agreed personal terms with Spurs €5million-a-year (£4.49m - $5.64m) contract plus bonuses. That equates to €96.154-a-week (£86,267 - $108,405) wages.

We asked in April about him and we spoke to Roma again in May, now we have spoken again in July. Without Champions League football next season, it seems he isn't going to sign a contract extension and is agitating for a move.

Who will Spurs end up with Dani Ceballos or Nicolò Zaniolo?

News of this interest obviously puts pressure on Real Madrid who are keen to ship Ceballos out and he will be wanting Champions League football surely.

Will this news unlock the Ceballos stalemate and revive that deal, will this deal come to fruition or will Spurs have to turn their attention to Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes?


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Ceballos Stalemate so Spurs turn to Italy

7:45 am

Ceballos Stalemate so Spurs turn to Italy

Spurs put Dani Ceballos deal on hold

Good morning (well it is here in the UK) from Tottenham Hotspur Blog News (THBN) and I'm waiting to hear about the outcome of the William Saliba talks. I'll bring you that news when I have it.

This morning I wanted to bring you the latest on the pursuit of Dani Ceballos,but before I do that,a reminder that there are further stories, some withinside snippets not available to the press, under THBN Articles - Further Reading below this article and Popular Posts can be found in the righthand sidebar of the THBN website.

Right, onto the latest news on Dani Ceballos.

The deal is on hold.

Real Madrid are refusing to budge on the Ceballos purchase option.

They want to keep control over whether he is sold next summer or not. If he has a good season with us, then they would want to have the decision whether they sell him or keep him.

That is of no use to us at all, we do not improve players and increase their value for other clubs, hence we don't loan players in.

Spurs, naturally, wants control over whether we buy the midfielder next summer or not after we see how he handles the Premier League.  

It would be madness to leave the decision at the whim of Real Madrid. Spurs are not a nursery club for Real Madrid.

As a result, we may walk away from the deal. Arsenal will have the same situation and they won't agree to it either I'm sure so we will have to wait and see if Real Madrid relent.

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Isco, Eric Dier & youngsters going on pre-season tour

6:00 am

Isco, Eric Dier & Youngsters Going on Pre-season Tour

Eric Dier will stay at Hotspur Way and rehabilitate after surgery

I see the Evening Standard and the comics at HITC are talking and suggesting midfielder Isco for Spurs.

I can tell you Tottenham no longer hold an interest in Isco. I indicated in a previous article that I thought he was too old.

The Spanish international is a 27-year-old (28 next April) now and Real Madrid are looking for around €90m (£80.80m - $101.59m) for him.

That is simply too expensive a player of his age who isn't even a first choice regular and has no experience of the Premier League.

He might be in his prime now, but in 3 years he is 30 and starting to lose value. Just look at Alderweireld.

The Belgian is 30 and nobody wants to pay £25 million (€27.84m - $31.43m) for him or pay his £180,000-a-week (€200,483 - $236,235) wage demands. He simply doesn't have enough years left in the game so there is no hope of getting your money back.

Eric Dier, who is available for the right price will miss the pre-season tour of Singapore and Shanghai to stay at Spurs and undergo a short period of rehabilitation after surgery.

This is what pre-season tests are all about, they tell the club exactly where a player is at in a period of recovery and Dier is not advanced enough. A small issue was detected during these tests and rectified quickly.

It will be a frustrating start to the season for him, but this season will have the cover and he will have a fight on his hands to force his way into our midfield. He needs to be looking to improve his game this season after first getting back to the level he was a couple of seasons ago.

Youngsters who will be going on our pre-season tour are:

  • 17-year-old (18 next February) Troy Parrott (striker)
  • 20-year-old (21 next February) Jack Roles (midfielder)
  • 17-year-old (18 in September) Harvey White (midfielder)
  • 18-year-old (19 next July) Jamie Bowden (midfielder)
  • 20-year-old (21 in November) George Marsh (midfielder)
  • 19-year-old (20 next January) Timothy Eyoma (centre-back)
  • 20-year-old (21 next March) Japhet Tanganga (centre-back)
  • 20-year-old (21 next January) Brandon Austin (goalkeeper)
  • 20-year-old (21 in October) Alfie Whiteman (goalkeeper)
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Tottenham Transfer Talk - Giovani Lo Celso Fee

4:00 pm

Tottenham Transfer Talk - The Giovani Lo Celso Fee

Giovani Lo Celso is currently on holiday before he joins Spurs

For those of you who are not regular readers and only follow the media (which you shouldn't) the deal for Giovani Lo Celso was agreed over 6 weeks ago.

What you are hearing in the press is rubbish, just the same with the Tanguy Ndombélé purchase, that fee was all agreed right after the international break. The deal was sown up over a month before it was announced so Lyon could buy replacements at the right price.

If clubs think you have got money to spend they up their prices so they play a game and leak false information to the press who lap it up and do their gullible readers. Clubs do not tell reporters what is really going on and only give them the information they want them to know.

That's why they are frequently behind the news and behind me when it comes to Tottenham Transfer Talk.

A deal is not signed and won't be until he returns from holiday, Real Betis held out the hope there would be a bidding war but there isn't and Lo Celso only wants to join Spurs so any interested party that talks to his agent get that message.

The fee is €68m + bonuses.
He cost Real Betis (loan and transfer fee) a total of €25m
€68 - €25 = €43
Of that €43m, PSG gets 20% of any profit from a sale.
€43 - 20% PSG) = €34.4m

Real Betis, therefore, have €34.4m to spend on a replacement and Lyon midfielder Nabil Fakir appears to be their choice.

Giovani will return from his holiday in another week after playing in the Copa America for Argentina, along with Juan Foyth, who had a great tournament at both centre-back and right-back.

Expect a new system next season chaps, hence a lot of midfielders on the books.

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Snippets Janssen, N'Koudou, Saliba, Alderweireld, Edwards, Onomah

7:37 am

Snippets Janssen, N'Koudou,Saliba, Alderweireld, Edwards, Onomah


Tottenham Transfer Talk from Tottenham Hotspur Blog News (THBN) welcomes you this morning with some snippets for you.

Before we get into them you'll find the latest on Christian Eriksen below this article in the THBN Articles - Further Reading section and articles on the right-hand side of the website under Popular Posts.

Marcus Edwards is not at training, he is looking for a new club. His recent interview did suggest he still hasn't sorted his mentality out yet. He was still blaming others and not taking responsibility for his own failure to progress. That shouts that he still feels he is entitled as opposed to having to fight for a place by working hard, constantly improving and taking a chance when it is offered.

Josh Onomah, the other youngster with mentality problems and is also not training. He is also looking for another club. His attitude was patently obvious when he seemed to be going through the motions for us. He wasn't of course but that shouted that he had stopped improving and thought he had made it.

This is a huge problem when youngsters get more money than most people earn, the motivation goes, they feel they can go through the motions or believe they have the skill so just need to train, rather than constantly strive to improve. That constant striving and doing what it takes to achieve it is what a winning mentality is all about.

Those with a winning mentality understand and can see the difference, those without one don't see it, they think trying to win games is a winning mentality, it isn't.

This is why people like Alisdair Gold and his fellow journalists simply don't know what they are talking about when they try and venture into coaching areas and matters.

Georges-Kevin N'Koudou and Vincent Janssen again are both not training, they are looking for new clubs.

Anderlecht can't possibly afford anywhere near the wages Janssen is on at Tottenham and although he has turned down Mexican side Monterrey, they are still pursuing him so it isn't impossible he could still go there. They are the biggest side in Mexico and are watched more than teams in the MLS.

Spurs are struggling to shift N'Koudou, again, because of his wages, nobody wants to pay anywhere near what he is on and he clearly doesn't want to drop his wages too much. He has put money over his career and that too shows you a lack of a winning mentality.

Tottenham have outbid Arsenal for William Saliba because we do not want to loan him back to Saint-Étienne, while Arsenal would. They can't agree on how to pay for him while we wish to tie up a deal in a day for him.

Arsenal have apparently now matched our offer. We will speak with Saliba today and outline our plans for him and the project we are engaged in. If he wants to join us and we are convinced he wants to join us, then we will have a meeting with Saint-Étienne and push hard to sign him quickly so he can join pre-season training.

Our offer does not include a loan back whereas Arsenal's does.

Roma cannot afford Toby Alderweireld as I speculated earlier in a previous article. They wanted him for £10.79 million (€12m - $13.53m), under half his release fee and we want the full amount.

The contract offer to him has been removed after his meeting with Pochettino and Levy yesterday and his desire to leave. He will either depart or run down his contract as a squad player.

If he stays, this will be his third season on low wages, having refused our offer each season. He has cost himself £9.88 million (€11.02m - $12.42m) so far and another £4.94 million (€5.51m - $6.21m) next season, if he stays.

That's a grand total of £14.62 million (€16.31m - $18.38m) plus bonuses for being greedy. He was a cheap purchase, he cost us £14 million (€15.62m - $17.60m) in total so we have certainly had our money's worth out of him.


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Roma asking about Sissoko as well as Alderweireld

2:35 pm

Roma asking about Sissoko as well as Alderweireld

Roma will ask about the availability of Moussa Sissoko

OK, so you all know that Franco Baldini is meeting with Daniel Levy to discuss the possibility of transferring Toby Alderweireld to Roma, but his is also going to ask about Moussa Sissoko.

The 29-year-old (30 in August) French international midfielder has just had a storming season with Spurs, but Mauricio Pochettino is looking to the future and building a new squad.

Eric Lamela and Eric Dier are available at the right price. Will the club entertain offers for Moussa Sissoko?

He is at the wrong age, but he is dependable fitness wise, which was a huge help last season. I doubt Roma could afford his transfer fee or his wages and why would he leave a Champions League finalist for a club in the Europa League next season?

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Alderweireld sale details

5:30 am

Alderweireld Sale Details

Toby Alderweireld has 2 weeks to secure a deal
The Summer Transfer Window closes at 5pm on Thursday 8 August 2019 and thus Toby Alderweireld has until 25 July to fully complete a deal away from Tottenham.

That means the two clubs must have signed a deal where his £25 million release fee (€27.81m - $31.26m) will be paid to Spurs over a maximum of 2 years and a maximum of 3 installment payments.

If a deal is not agreed and signed within the next 2 weeks then there are three options.

1. Alderweireld is available for transfer for whatever Spurs want to charge for him
2. Alderweireld could sign the new 2-year deal he has been offered
3. Alderweireld could run down the final year of his existing contract on his existing wages and leave for free next summer.

Er Woodward refused to buy him last summer deeming him to be too old and Manchester City already have 17 non-homegrown players.

His age, he is 30-years-old (31 next March), counts against him. Clubs want players who can provide more years service than Alderweireld can. He only has a few years left at the top and like Jan Vertonghen, I believe he wants to return to Ajax to finish his career in a couple of years.

If that is the case then there is little value in buying him. Clubs today want younger players, something we adopted several years ago.

Roma though are a club who have expressed an interest, is that because their Technical Director is Franco Baldini, formerly of Spurs. Baldini will travel to London on Friday to meet with the Spurs board.

Alderweireld is reportedly their first choice to replace Kostas Manolas who has moved to Napoli.

If Alderweireld leaves then we want 23-year-old (24 next May) Sampdoria centre-back Joachim Andersen and it looks to me like he is waiting to see if we will be signing him before he signs anywhere else.

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Spurs Talk With Agent Of Ajax Winger Hakim Ziyech

5:30 pm

Spurs Talk With Agent Of Ajax Winger Hakim Ziyech

Spurs meet with the agent of Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech

Good morning from Tottenham Hotspur Blog News (THBN) and welcome to Tottenham Transfer Talk if this is your first time here.

At the bottom of each article, you'll find additional reading that includes snippets of information not generally known and not in the general media, until they copy it that is. Also, there are articles on the righthand side of the website under Popular Posts.

A big thank-you to everyone supporting the advertisers and now onto the Hakim Ziyech news today

I had heard that the Ajax winger had turned down a Spurs approach a couple of months ago. However, now I'm hearing that his agent has recently met with club officials.

Whether Sours have instigated that for the 26-year-old (27 next March) or his agent is looking to engineer something I don't know. I suspect it is his agent wanting to generate a move or interest in his client, trying to flush interested clubs out or maybe we are trying to deflect attention.

Bayern Munich have spoken with his agent and are also looking at 21-year-old (22 in October) Spurs-linked Steven Bergwijn (PSV Eindhoven), 25-year-old (26 in September) Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), 21-year-old (22 in August) Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen), Spurs-linked 21-year-old (22 next May) Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb) and 22-year-old (23 in November)Marc Roca (RCD Espanyol).

Liverpool won't pay the rumoured €30-35m (£27.01-31.51m - $33.65-39.25m) Ajax are looking for, but I hear both Ziyech and Bergwijn favour a move to Bayern Munich so nothing about their futures will be decided until the German club have arranged new winger signings. In the meantime, both players need to know what other options they have.

Neither are the first choice for the Bundesliga giants.

Twenty-six is an awkward age for us as we would be looking to move players on when they get to 30 so we can still command a fee for them and thus have money to replace them with someone younger who can give more years service.

We want them up to 23 really, giving them time to develop, then we can grab their best years and sell before their influence starts to decline. Just look at all the ages of the players Bayern Munich are looking at to replace Robben and Ribéry.

For all those of you clamouring for quality players in their prime, that isn't how clubs overate anymore, they look to the future and want players they can keep for years, hence the value of young players with potential has shot up.

Ziyech has just had a very poor Africa Cup of Nations after a successful domestic and European season.

My personal view, I don't think anything will come of it, he is perhaps a couple of years too old for us now.


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Spurs Target Olmo Deciding His Future In Ibiza

6:00 am

Spurs Target Olmo Deciding His Future In Ibiza

Spurs target Dani Olmo is deciding his future while on holiday in Ibiza

Transfer Talk

Tottenham are following the progress of 20-year-old (21 in September) Leyton Orient centre-back Dan Happe who is under contract until 2020.

There have been reports that Tottenham have made a bid but that is not the case. Middleborough, Leeds United, Norwich City, Leicester City, and Spurs have been scouting him.dles

Dani Olmo

Radio Estadio suggesting that Spurs have offered €30m (£m - $m) to Dynamo Zagreb for Spanish Under-21 winger Dani Olmo. The suggestion is that we have offered a 5-year contract at the rate of €2m (£m - $m) per season. The player is said to be awaiting offers from Spain before he makes a decision on his future.

Other reports suggest Manchester United are planning a €40m (£m - $m) bid. I understand that Atlético Madrid have spoken to him to see if he would be willing to join them, but have not yet made an offer to Dynamo Zagreb. 

Olmo has gone to Ibiza for 2 weeks with family and friends giving him time to think over his future.

I'm told Sevilla are also interested and that Bayer Leverkusen, who made him an offer before the European Under-21 Championships, have fallen down the pecking order. Clubs in Italy are also chasing him but he is understood to be deciding between LaLiga and the Premier League.

One thing in our favour is our relationship with the Croatian club, the same club we bought Luka Modric from in 2008.

My guess is that he will head off to Spain.

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Vincent Janssen Turns Down Mexico Move

6:00 am

Vincent Janssen Turns Down Mexico Move

Spurs are struggling to shift Vincent Janssen

OK, Janssen. He is still a problem, we can't shift him.

We agreed a deal in principle with Real Betis to sell him for £6 million, but he isn't their first choice. They want to buy 26-year-old (27 next January) Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias, who has a release clause of €28m (£25.08m - $31.39m).

It, therefore, looks like that deal won't happen. Schalke, who the papers were reporting he was nearly signing for, was a loan deal only, which is not what we want. Anderlecht has also been mentioned, but do the sums add up for them now he has tripled his wages by coming to Tottenham. 

He was on €10,000-a-week (£8,960 - $11.210) in Holland and he keeps turning down offers so it sounds to me like he doesn't want to lower his wages. I did hear that he went to the club to have a look around.


There was interest from Club de Fútbol Monterrey in Mexico, but he doesn't want to go there. There was talk of Fenerbache and we offered him as part of a deal for midfielder Elif Elmas, but nothing came of that and we do not want the midfielder if we can not get Janssen out as part of that deal.

I also hear he doesn't want to go back to Turkey, Galatasaray was interested in taking him, but breaking his leg there seems to have turned him against playing in the country again. How true that is I don't know.

I have been told that he does actually want to leave Tottenham and play football so Anderlecht remains the favourite destination, although Standard Liege are interested and he visited them in January, as he did Anderlecht incidentally.

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Morning Tottenham Transfer Talk from THBN

9:10 am

Morning Tottenham Transfer Talk from THBN

Tottenham Training Kit available on 18 July

Morning folks and it's a lovely sunny day here down on the coast. Right, questions abound so I'll give a roundup of the situation with transfers at the moment and club news.

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola talking about Tottenham:
"It is incredible how strong they are, they are the most physical team I have faced in my career. Tottenham is one of the teams I admire the most for the way they play, they just never give up."

THBN Articles - Further Reading can be found below this article and Popular Posts can be found on the right-hand side of the Tottenham Hotspur Blog News website. Enjoy the summer.

The last post and rather popular post was on the imminent arrival of Giovani Lo Celso.
Giovani Lo Celso Imminent

Before the transfer window fans were complaining. It has always been pretty obvious, indeed common sense, that Daniel levy would continue the clubs growth with investment in the team, now that we have a better financial footing.

The last figures showed us just £10m behind Arsenal in income and our continued participation in the UEFA Champions League is essential to continue that growth and their decline.

Mauricio Pochettino stated last season more than once that he would love to win a domestic Cup, but winning the Premier League or Champions League would progress the club further, domestic cups are ego trophies.

We all want to win trophies, not just one though, but trophies regularly and thus the club business had and has to be built to pay for that, owners can't under FFP.

There is no denying Daniel Levy has built the club and grown us financially to be able to compete on a more level playing field, although it isn't level yet. That means business growth must continue.

Last summer we tried to sign specific players and failed, we didn't buy lesser lights just for the sake of it, as the fans were clamouring.

We reached a UEFA Champions League final and that has given the club a greater standing and more 'pull' with players in the game.

Add that to a determination not to miss out of the players we want this summer has meant it is going to be a difficult and busy one for Daniel Levy and his team.

Mauricio Pochettino wants to build a Premier League winning team. he wants to overhaul the squad and bring in better players (who are still prospects to improve). You can not do that all in one go, it simply costs too much so some we would like to move on will stay, more are going next summer and there has to be a certain amount of wheeling and dealing to improve the squad within a budget.

We have bought our number one priority Tanguy Ndombélé and our second priority, Giovani Lo Celso will be announced soon. Whichever journalist wrote Bruno Fernandes was our main target was merely guessing and guessing wrong. He was an alternative we were exploring and were never close to signing.

He is too expensive, coming from a second tier league and Nicolò Zaniolo has been the preferred, if more unattainable target. It's the agent if Fernandes who has been pushing for a move, rather than clubs chasing Fernandes.

I will repeat that Giovani Lo Celso joining ing is NOT dependent on Christian Eriksen leaving. He wants to, he told Pochettino at the beginning of the season and is doing all he can to get a move without upsetting the boat.

As you know, Paul Pogba is Real Madrid's preferred target, well Zinedine Zidane anyway, but Perez seems determined to have Eriksen. Their valuation is not the same as our valuation though so we have the stand off and hard negotiation with both sides wanting a deal done quickly.

There are very good relations between Spurs and Real Madrid, despite fans views and Daniel Levy is trying to get two players plus cash, which will potentially allow us to replace Kieran Trippier.

We need a backup striker and have asked for Mariano Diaz to be included in the deal, a young striker with promise who has a very good season in Ligue 1 when on loan at Lyon. We also want Dani Ceballos in the deal.

He is a player we asked about last summer and who Perez offered in an Eriksen deal this time. Getting both players strengthens the midfield and gives that much need help for Kane, while not actually costing us anything.

We would like to sell Victor Wanyama, we will listen to offers for Eric Dier and Erik Lamela, although I doubt the latter two will depart this window in my opinion.

With increased numbers and ability this season, we should see Dele Alli return to the more advanced role where he performs best and is a greater scoring threat. Too many time he had to fill in in deeper positions last season.

Ryan Sessegnon has a hamstring injury so signing him before we start pre-season on 12 July isn't essential, hence no rush. His brother, who is a right-back, will be loaned back to Fulham.

Any other business is dependent upon a Christian Eriksen sale and what we can raise with player sales, plus moving on a player in the position we want to buy, otherwise we unbalance the squad. Therefore Trippier has to leave and we have to raise some money before we can buy a replacement right-back.

The business we want is being done early, while the business we would like will take longer. It will happen when we can afford it.

Will Kyle Walker-Peters be able to step up to the plate in pre-season? On what I saw last season, I'd say he isn't going to be good enough for the level we would want a player to be at. He is a step down, not up, from Trippier, but we might be forced to have to rely on him. Has he improved enough, I have my reservations.

Centre-back. We will buy if Toby Alderweireld leaves, we want him to leave so we get a fee for him. There is a contract offer on the table but he could just run down his contract and leave for free so he picks up a larger signing on fee at his next club.

If he goes, we want Joachim Andersen, who is fully aware of the situation and the circumstances in which he could join Tottenham. Is he, therefore, waiting to see if the opportunity arises? I think he is and will sign for Lyon if and when he finds out whether Alderweireld is staying or not.

Roma and Inter are the two clubs asking about Toby at the moment. Roma don't have Champions League football, they are in the Europa League, while Inter Milan are in the Champions League.

The club have announced that the new training kit is available, or will be, on 18 July for the many of you asking about kits.

What else, Alfie Whiteman is the third goalkeeper this season, Danny Rose is negotiating a new contract but is another who is available for the right price. He is no spring chicken anymore.

Well, I have rattled on long enough, time for another cuppa.

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