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Change of tack from Daniel Levy comes too late for Tottenham pair

Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele look to be on their way out of Spurs.

Mathew Nash

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Tottenham Hotspur have indicated something of a change of tact this week, as they look to get their house in order ahead of the new season. Last weekend saw Harry Kane sign a new deal at the club worth around £200,000-a-week. Reports this week are suggesting Dele Alli is next in line, with a £100,000-a-week salary being mentioned.

Such wages were once a pipe dream under the chairmanship of Daniel Levy at Tottenham Hotspur. It has long been one of the key reasons why Spurs have struggled to keep up with the big boys. At the end of the day, other teams have been willing to pay Tottenham’s stars what the club were stubborn enough to refuse.

It was an admirable trait, but one which certainly left Spurs at risk of losing their better players going forward.

Now, with talk of Christian Eriksen, Heung-min Son and Eric Dier all being lined up for pay-rises, it appears Tottenham have finally decided to up their pay grades.

It is a welcome change, one which fans will hope can see the club keep their best players for years to come.

However, it has surely still come too late for two of the current crop. Belgian pair Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele are currently locked in something of a battle over their own contracts.

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Spurs are refusing to pay big wages to two of the club’s older first-team members. They are also unwilling to offer them the length of contract being put on the table by those chasing their current signature.

Whilst Tottenham appear to be upping the salary bracket, it does not look like that applies for those in or approaching their 30s.

Daniel Levy will see them as commodities with a dwindling market value, especially given the pair’s injury problems.

Tottenham, it seems, are finally moving into the new era when it comes to wages for their star players. That should be commended, as they can now finally fight off competition.

However, for Alderweireld and Dembele, the change has come a little too late.

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  1. Hootspur

    June 12, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Problem may not be the money anymore (still time to reach a financial compromise) but length of contract and their age. It was obvious that Spurs were going to raise their wage cap but this does not seem to have encouraged moderation on the part of their agents. Possibly they have also burnt their boats with Poch and their lack of loyalty to him? Levy has carefully crafted his reputation and will not want to give in to financial blackmail.

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Matias Vecino is not the man to replace Mousa Dembele for Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur may need a replacement for Mousa Dembele this summer.

Mathew Nash

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Tottenham Hotspur are now being linked with a move for Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino. Tuttosport are reporting that Spurs, along with Everton, are keen on the Uruguayan – who has been told he can leave the San Siro this summer.

The fee involved would reportedly be in the region of £26.3 million for the player. The obvious link here is also the interest in Mousa Dembele from Inter. The Belgian is high on the Italian side’s wishlist, as his contract situation at Tottenham turns rotten.

But Spurs should steer clear of any deal for the Uruguay midfielder this summer.

Undoubtedly, he is a very good player. The 26-year-old is neat and tidy in midfield with an excellent passing ratio.

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But, as anyone who saw the recent Uruguay v Egypt game will testify, his passing range is hardly expansive.

Vecino prefers a sideways or backward pass, rather than trying to probe the opposing defence. It is for that reason that Tottenham should simply steer clear.

If Spurs are going to replace Dembele this summer they need to do so with a player who has the ability to be better than the Belgian. Vecino, simply put, does not even come close.

The impact of losing Dembele will be keenly felt at Spurs if the experienced midfielder goes and ensuring a top replacement is brought in is imperative for future success in North London.

Vecino is not the man for the job at Tottenham Hotspur and he would simply not last the course if he made the move this summer.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Barrios pleaded, Vecino linked and Eriksen the difference

The latest news and gossip from Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.

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Barrios plea

Boca Juniors have made a final attempt to keep hold of their midfield maestro Wilmar Barrios, as Tottenham Hotspur continue their pursuit.

The Independent is reporting that the Argentine giants want to keep the player until the January transfer window at least. In order to do so they have offered the Colombian a massive salary increase, so he can partake in the Copa Libertadores campaign.

The 24-year-old has a release clause of £14.5 million and despite telling his club he would not be leaving prior to the World Cup, his time in Russia has seen him warm to the idea of a London switch.

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Vecino interest

Tottenham are now being linked with a move for Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino. Tuttosport is suggesting that both Spurs and Everton are keen on the 26-year-old, who is currently on international duty with Uruguay at the World Cup.

Valued at around €30 million (£26.3 million), he is reportedly not a part of Inter boss Luciano Spalletti’s plans for next season and therefore has come to Spurs’ interest.

With Inter keen on Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele, it will be interesting to see where this transfer story goes.

Eriksen class

Christian Eriksen was in World Cup action yesterday evening, as Denmark took on Peru in Saransk.

The Danes won the game 1-0 but were lucky to do so with Eriksen struggling throughout.

However, the Spurs star found a touch of magic to help them win the game. His through ball was perfect for Yussuf Poulsen, who slotted home a left-footed finish.

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Tottenham should move for Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez in quest for creative forward

The Leicester City maestro could become a world beater at Tottenham.

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is undoubtedly looking to bolster his attacking options this term, and a number of stellar names have been linked with moves to north London. But so far nothing has gathered any real traction on that front.

A brief spell of hope in the pursuit of priority target Anthony Martial materialised yesterday, as his agent revealed the player’s desire to leave Manchester United, in quotes via RMC Sport. But, United sharply asserted that the player remains in their plans next season, just hours later, in reports from Sky Sports. And Pochettino will have reevaluate his targets once more.

One name the club has yet to be linked with is Leicester City‘s Riyad Mahrez. And that comes as something of a surprise, when considering the criteria Pochettino is looking for.

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The Argentine coach is looking to improve the supply line to 41 goal striker Harry Kane, and few if any, are as creative as Mahrez in the final third in England. The former Premier League Player of the Year is able to play across all front-three roles, and is equally effective in all of them – amassing an impressive 13 goals and 13 assists in 41 appearances this term.

Mahrez is clearly looking to engineer a move away from the King Power Stadium, following his 10-day absence in January, after the club blocked the Algerian’s move to champions Manchester City (Sky Sports), and Tottenham should now join the running for his signature.

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There are obvious concerns over the player’s valuation, with the Foxes turning down seriously lucrative bids of £60 million from Pep Guardiola in January, but Leicester are likely to concede for less now, as the player fulfilled his duty to the club – and they have time to bring in replacements, unlike transfer deadline day.

Daniel Levy will have to accept that a quality attacking addition capable of propelling Spurs to silverware will cost a serious fee, and it’s simply a sign of the times if he doesn’t want to fall behind rivals in the quest for the highest honours.

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