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Report claims Pochettino turned down chance to sign Asensio and Tielemens at Tottenham

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Report claims Pochettino turned down chance to sign Asensio and Tielemens at Tottenham

The Argentine was replaced by Jose Mourinho in 2019.

A report by the Evening Standard has claimed that Mauricio Pochettino turned down the chance to sign Marco Asensio and Youri Tielemens during his time at Tottenham manager.

Spurs have spent well in the market during the summer just gone with Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon, Carlos Vinicius and Matt Doherty all being added to the ranks.

Tottenham didn’t manage to sign a central defender, although they did show late interest in Swansea defender Joe Rodon and could still get that deal done.

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Nonetheless, Mourinho will be satisfied with his recruitment and clearly, he is more welcoming to Daniel Levy adding players than his predecessor was.

Asensio and Tielemens were both players identified by the club’s hierarchy as potential signings in the past but both weren’t fancied by Pochettino.

Asensio can play on either flank and the 24-year-old has played 147 times during his Real Madrid career, scoring 30 goals.

 

Tielemens made the move to Leicester from Monaco and cost the club £35 million when he checked in during July 2019, making a loan switch permanent.

The 23-year-old is highly-rated and helped Leicester secure a place in the Europa League with some strong performances during 2019/20.

He has 29 Belgium caps to his name and might have proved a decent addition to the Tottenham ranks had he gone there instead of the East Midlands.

Tottenham did sign Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso around the similar time Levy was offering these players to Pochettino.

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Tielemens, in particular, might have proved useful, however, given how well he has taken to the Premier League at Leicester.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing though and with Mourinho starting to get things right at Tottenham, Pochettino might be sat wondering what might have been.

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