Tottenham: Fans want Levy out over Super League debacle
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Tottenham look set for a major overhaul this summer as they aim to restructure the club and replace Jose Mourinho. Mourinho’s sacking in April pushed Ryan Mason into the role of interim boss but Daniel Levy is aiming to appoint a permanent successor in the coming weeks.
Tottenham look set for a major overhaul this summer as they aim to restructure the club and replace Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho’s sacking in April pushed Ryan Mason into the role of interim boss but Daniel Levy is aiming to appoint a permanent successor in the coming weeks.
However, despite strong links with Antonio Conte following his exit from Inter Milan, the former Chelsea boss now appears to be off Levy’s radar.
Amid a rumoured disagreement over his backing staff, Conte has now walked away from talks and Levy will go back to the drawing board.
But despite the deadlock over Conte, one major Serie A name does appear to be heading to north London, with the incoming appointment of former Juventus Chief Football Officer Fabio Paratici.
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Paratici played a key role in the Turin giants success since 2010 before opting to leave in May to pursue a new challenge.
A role for the 48-year-old is set to be confirmed in the coming days, with Levy entrusting the Italian to secure key transfer targets this summer.
At Express Sport, we look at who Spurs could line up in 2021/22 if Paratici can work his magic in the transfer market.
GK: HUGO LLORIS
With major changes expected at the club, whoever replaces Mourinho will want a stable base in their side.
French star Lloris looks set to continue as No 1 choice with his leadership skills more important than ever heading into the new season.
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DF: MATT DOHERTY
Doherty endured a mixed first season at the club under Mourinho with the Portuguese boss hinting at the former Wolves man struggling to adapt to his style.
However, on the back of some positive signs at the end of 2020/21, and the ongoing speculation over Serge Aurier’s future, he looks set to be given a second chance.
DF: PAU TORRES
Villarreal star Torres is rumoured to be on the radar of a string of Premier League sides this summer after another impressive season in Spain.
Manchester United have previously been touted as his destination but the 24-year-old is open minded on his future.
Villarreal are likely to hold out for his full £42million release clause but with Spurs in need of an assured centre-back they could rival United every step of the way.
DF: TOBY ALDERWEIRELD
In a similar vein to Lloris, Spurs need some experience to underpin them in the months ahead and veteran Alderweireld provides just that.
Despite a few injury issues last season he looks set to continue at the heart of Spurs’ defence with Davinson Sanchez possibly moving on as a result.
DF: SERGIO REGUILON
Spanish full-back Reguilon was one of the early stars of Mourinho’s reign at Spurs with some lung-busting displays in 2020/21.
Based on his contract length and strong start to Premier League life he looks unshakeable in the Tottenham line up and the new manager will be counting on him.
MF: YVES BISSOUMA
Brighton midfielder Bissouma is the flavour over the month in the Premier League gossip columns with Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs all rumoured to be tracking him.
Graham Potter has hinted at a resignation at selling the Malian international if a big offer comes in and Tottenham are in the market for a consistent midfielder.
Paratici will face a battle against Spurs rivals in any negotiations but he looks an ideal fit in the Tottenham midfield.
MF: DELE ALLI
Alli was infamously frozen out of the Spurs starting line-up under Mourinho but he returned to favour under Mason to remind fans of what he can offer.
The England man finds himself at a crossroads this summer with a decision to make on whether to persevere with Spurs or move.
Paratici and the new manager will likely try and convince him of the former as a reinvigorated Alli is a huge asset to have.
MF: SON HEUNG-MIN
South Korean star Son has hinted that the ongoing uncertainty over Harry Kane has unsettled him in recent weeks.
The pair are close friends on and off the pitch and in tandem they are one of the deadliest combinations in the Premier League.
If Paratici and the new boss do keep hold of Kane that will end any Son’ exit speculation and the prospect of the pair linking back up in 2021/22 will have Spurs fans on the edge of their seats.
FW: WILFRIED ZAHA
Zaha’s time at Crystal Palace finally appears to be up following the exit of Roy Hodgson and the Ivorian looks certain to push through a move this summer.
Failed deals with Everton and Arsenal in the past appears to have created an opening for Spurs who can enter the race with no previous baggage.
Palace will reluctantly accept offers in the region of £45m and the 28-year-old still firmly has something to prove at a big Premier League club and would add pace and creativity to the Spurs attack.
FW: GARETH BALE
Bale’s loan from Real Madrid showed flashes of what the Welshman is still capable of doing in 2020/21.
However, any possible return move for the 31-year-old will come via a carefully negotiated deal with the La Liga giants.
Bale appears open to a return, either on loan or permanently, and Paratici and Levy will be confident of taking advantage of Madrid’s stance on him.
Despite Zinedine Zidane’s exit, club president Florentino Perez would be happy to see him off the wage bill, and a free transfer could be secured, if Spurs pick up his salary.
FW: HARRY KANE
The most important transfer Spurs fans will want to make this summer is one very close to home, by keeping hold of Kane.
Kane has been straightforward in his message of wanting to leave based on his frustration at a lack of trophies at the club.
However, with Levy set to dig in over a £150m asking price, he could be priced out of a move to one of their Premier League rivals.
The onus then falls onto Paratici and the new boss to convince him to stay on and lead their new project.
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