Lo Celso, Fernandes, Dybala – The state of play at Spurs ahead of transfer deadline day

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The clock is ticking down for Mauricio Pochettino to add to his Tottenham squad before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Spurs have only brought in two players so far this summer and the manager will be desperate to bring in a new face or two through the door over the coming days.

Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon continue to be linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, while Bruno Fernandes’ name has cropped up once again following rumours of a move to north London back in June.

The manager was asked after Sunday’s game against Inter Milan if he requires more players ahead of the new season and he claimed that he’ll have to see what happens before Thursday.

“I am happy with my squad,” he said. “You can see today a lot of younger players.

“In every season we are always open to improve the squad and to try to find the right players to be stronger and better and there are still four days.

So, what’s the latest with players coming in or going out before the deadline?


Giovani Lo Celso

Pochettino will have his fingers crossed that the club can agree on a deal for Lo Celso with Real Betis ahead of Thursday’s deadline.

The Argentine international has been tipped to move to north London for a couple of months now but he still remains at the Benito Villamarin Stadium.

Amid reports on Sunday evening that the club had agreed on a €52million deal with a further €8m due in instalments, reports from Spain have now claimed that the La Liga side have ended negotiations as they’re annoyed with the offers on the table from the Lilywhites.

There’s still time for the clubs to agree on a deal and Lo Celso is believed to want to work under his fellow countryman at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Given Christian Eriksen’s future is up in the air due to his contract situation, the club need to make a decision over Lo Celso and fast.

Bruno Fernandes

Fernandes’ name is once again in the headlines after rumours of a move to Spurs back in June.

The Sporting Lisbon midfielder seems destined to leave this summer and he could well get a move to the Premier League before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Following reports in Portugal that club officials were in Lisbon on Thursday to negotiate a deal for the player, football.london understands that Spurs are now indeed involved in discussions over a potential move.

The club actually weren’t in talks earlier in the window when they were heavily linked with Fernandes, instead just monitoring the situation with him and Manchester United.

The Red Devils are still keen on the player and A Bola in Portugal report that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side want to fly him in either on Monday or Tuesday as they look to complete a deal.

It is also reported that they are willing to outbid Spurs for the attacking midfielder.

Ryan Sessegnon

Sessegnon still remains in west London as we approach transfer deadline day.

Looking a certainty to move on from Fulham following their relegation from the Premier League and the fact he’s in the final year of his contract at the club, it looks set to be an interesting few days for the England U21 international.

It has been reported that Spurs are willing to include Josh Onomah in the deal to get it over the line, while La Provence in France state that Marseille want to lure him to Ligue 1.

However, Fulham manager Scott Parker said on the eve of the Championship season that he expects the youngster to still be in Craven Cottage beyond Thursday’s deadline.

“At this present moment, I expect Ryan still to be here when the window shuts,” said the Fulham boss.

“Obviously I have read the speculation. Will it affect him? That would be up to Ryan.

“It is not as if the phone has been ringing off the hook, a bid every other day for him and Fulham are turning it down, for him to have the hump.

“I had this too as a young player. But if there is one good thing about the transfer window it is that come 5 o’clock next week when the door shuts, he can’t go anywhere.

“As a player you either get your head down, or it affects you. Ryan is not that boy anyway.

“I am just looking at getting him as fit as we can and let’s see what he can do. I have spoken to him.

“The conversations have been mainly around his fitness. I don’t know how long it will be until he is ready.”

Paulo Dybala

It remains to be seen what will happen with Dybala now that his move to Manchester United appears to be off.

The 25-year-old looked set to head to Old Trafford with Romelu Lukaku heading in the opposite direction, yet the Argentine’s wage demands proved to be a bit of a stumbling block for the Red Devils.

That could potentially open the door for Spurs to come in and make a sensational late move for the ex-Palermo man.

football.london reported last month that Spurs had been in discussions with the Italian giants regarding an ambitious move for the forward as they bid to bolster their attacking options.

Dybala is now back at Juventus’ training base as they prepare for the new Serie A season.


Christian Eriksen

The Dane remains a Spurs player ahead of the transfer deadline despite looking a certainty to leave not so long ago following his comments while on international duty.

Real Madrid were seen as his likeliest destination but Ajax ace Donny van de Beek will now strengthen their midfield providing that a fee can be agreed with the Dutch giants.

Eriksen did mention during the interview that a new contract at Spurs was also a possibility if he couldn’t take a step up and move to another club.

That could well happen as no clubs have yet to make a move for him and he’s now in the final year of his contract.

It’s a situation that needs sorting sooner rather than later as his value will only decrease and there’s also the possibility that he could walk away on a free transfer come next summer.

Spurs cannot afford to let that situation happen.

Toby Alderweireld

Alderweireld’s future appears to be at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at present following the expiration of his £25m release clause.

Spurs took out an option to extend the player’s contract at the start of the year and that in turn activated the clause that was available to other clubs before the final two weeks of the transfer window.

Even though such an experienced player was available at a cut-price fee, not a single club stumped up the money despite talk that Manchester United and Roma were both interested in his services.

Spurs can now ask for more than £25m for the player and it wouldn’t make sense for teams to move for Alderweireld given they will have to pay a lot more than what they could have paid for him.

As is the case with his teammate Eriksen, the defender is in the final year of his contract and Spurs need to make a decision on the player.

A new contract could well be a possibility over the coming months or he will be able to talk to foreign clubs from January onwards about a contract for the 2020/21 season.

Danny Rose

It appeared that we had seen the last of Rose in a Spurs shirt following his omission from the squad for the pre-season tour of Asia.

The left-back remained in the UK along with Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou as they were given time to explore opportunities with other clubs ahead of the transfer deadline.

While Janssen ended his Spurs nightmare by sealing a move to Mexico, Rose and Nkoudou remained in N17.

Both were recalled to the squad for the Audi Cup and the England international really caught the eye during the games against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

An exit for Rose over the coming days would leave the team with limited options at left-back as Ben Davies has yet to make his return after undergoing surgery in the summer and Sessegnon is still a Fulham player.

Article courtesy of Rob Guest