Pochettino wants seven in, seven out at Tottenham, claims report

Mauricio Pochettino is planning huge changes to his Tottenham squad this summer, with as many as seven new players signed and seven shipped out, according to a report.

The Champions League finalists have kept their powder dry since January 2018 when they signed Lucas Moura, but that could be about to change in dramatic style with Pochettino admitting this week it is “imperative” they strengthen their squad.

And with that in mind, The Times reports that Spurs could be about to embark on wholesale changes to their squad, with a number of new arrivals coming in at the expense of several others, who will be allowed to move on.

Pochettino is preparing to welcome his first Tottenham signing since January 2018 in the coming days, with Jack Clarke’s deal to join from Leeds nearing completion.

The north London club are also interested in Tanguy Ndombele and William Saliba as they seek to strengthen a Champions League final-reaching hand.

In addition, the paper expects Tottenham to up their offer for Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso after what is described as a failed club-record bid recently, with Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo a £30m alternative.

In addition, The Times claims Pochettino wants ‘also wants’ Ryan Sessegnon ‘and potentially another full-back as well as a reserve striker’ making it seven potential new recruits.

One of the defenders could be Lucas Digne, who would be targeted if Danny Rose was to leave. A potential swap deal has been mooted, with a cash settlement in Everton’s favour.

In addition, the paper also expects veteran striker Fernando Llorente to depart, while it will come as little shock to see Christian Eriksen move on, especially given reports on Saturday suggested he is ‘already house-hunting in Madrid’ ahead of a move to Real Madrid.

While the paper does not let on who else might depart, one of the names under the spotlight will likely be Toby Alderweireld, who can move on this summer if any suitor matches his £25m exit clause.


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