Tuesday 19 November 2019

Spurs set to offload NINE players in summer clear-out including Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor has spent most of the season on the bench
Emmanuel Adebayor has spent most of the season on the bench

Tom Collomosse

Tottenham will try to offload as many as nine players this summer, who cost the club in total £90million.

Four of the players were bought in the summer of 2013 with the money from the £86m sale of Gareth Bale and include Roberto Soldado, who was signed for a then club record fee of £26m.

Also on the list are Younes Kaboul, who started the season as captain but has not started a Premier League match since November, and Emmanuel Adebayor, who still has a year left on his £100,000-a-week deal.

Vlad Chiriches, Younes Kaboul, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho, Mousa Dembele and Aaron Lennon are all surplus to requirements. The future of Benjamin Stambouli is also unclear, even though the French midfielder joined the club only last summer.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino aims to finalise his summer transfer plans when he meets key staff shortly after the club’s final game of the season against Everton.

But he already has a clear idea of the players he is willing to lose and will communicate this to chairman Daniel Levy. Paul Mitchell, the club’s head of recruitment and analysis, will also have a significant role to play during the close season. Pochettino will seek to sit down with Mitchell, Levy and other senior figures in the final week of May, although Tottenham leave the country soon after the match at Everton on May 24. They have games in Kuala Lumpur and Sydney on May 27 and May 30 respectively and Pochettino is keen to have his project set in stone as soon as he can.

Pochettino wants a wide forward, a centre-half and a central midfielder — just as when he took charge in May 2014. It also promises to be yet another busy off-season for Levy.

At Southampton, Mitchell played no part in contract negotiations. With Franco Baldini, Spurs’ technical director, thought to be in a vulnerable position, the task of haggling with players coming in and out of Spurs will again fall to the chairman.

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