Tottenham narrowly missed a Champions League berth last term, and this summer will be a massive opportunity for the club to ensure next season doesn’t return the same results.
Despite rumours of a potential Gareth Bale departure near the end of last term, the superstar midfielder seems to be closer to staying put, and Spurs must now focus on putting enough talent around him to put together a winning campaign next season.
Let’s take a look at the latest rumours involving Tottenham’s pursuit of that talent, breaking down the likelihood of each deal coming together.
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke was one of the club’s lone bright spots last season, but it seems the 22-year-old has no plans of returning to Villa next year.
According to James Nursey of the Daily Mirror, Benteke turned in a transfer request and wants Spurs to “step up their pursuit” for him:
Belgium striker Benteke, who smashed 23 goals to save Villa from relegation last term in his debut season of English football, slapped in a transfer request last week.
And the marksman is determined to move to the White Hart Lane club - where he has been promised a regular start by the Europa League-bound Londoners in a World Cup year.
Per Nursey, Tottenham are prepared to offer £20 million to acquire the Belgian, but Villa may be looking for an offer closer to £25 million.
Spurs are intent on swinging a deal for the budding star, reportedly offering triple what Villa are willing to pay him in their new contract offer.
Tottenham’s desire to acquire Benteke makes a lot of sense. At 22, he’s only scratched the surface of his potential and would be a tremendous complement playing alongside Bale.
Given the price Aston Villa is asking, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the clubs eventually meet in the middle to work out a deal.
As is often the case with young, talented transfer targets, Spurs are going to have some competition if they hope to pursue Alvaro Vadillo.
The 18-year-old Real Betis winger has been compared to a “young Cristiano Ronaldo,” per Matt Law of the Daily Mirror, and Spurs appear to have plenty of interest in acquiring him ahead of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Arsenal:
Tottenham are already lining up their next Gareth Bale.
Sunday Mirror Sport can reveal Spurs have made enquiries over Spanish whizzkid Alvaro Vadillo.
Vadillo isn’t quite as polished as Benteke at this point in his career, but his upside is tremendous. Given the uncertainty involving a long-term stay for Bale, it makes sense Spurs would be eyeing up a potential future replacement.
Per Law, Tottenham may be interested in bringing Vadillo in on a summer transfer but could also be looking to land a deal that would bring the youngster in on a future deal.
Whatever the case, there’s very little risk in acquiring Vadillo to either play for Spurs next term or wait it out. At 18, he’s already shown immense potential and is only going to continue to improve with extra playing time.
Much like Tottenham’s interest in Vadillo, Spurs are said to be interested in FC Twente winger Nacer Chadli but have yet to make an official offer.
But while Spurs have shown interest, Twente claim they have yet to receive a formal bid from the north Londoners.
Chairman Jens Munsterman said: “We hear a lot about Tottenham but the club will have to put up a concrete offer first.
Spurs have a lot of bait in the water right now, and it comes as little surprise they haven’t placed a wager on the 23-year-old. Given the rumours of the potential pursuit of Benteke and Vadillo, Chadli is probably further down on their priority list.
Still, Spurs aren’t intent on standing pat this summer, and this will be a situation to monitor as movement continues. At £7.75 million, Chadli would be an affordable option to fall back on should Spurs come up short in their other pursuits.