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Jermaine Jenas believes that Tottenham Hotspur may have to spend a quarter of a billion pounds to replace Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in the summer, per The Daily Mirror.
The three Spurs stars have contracts that expire at the end of this season, meaning they will be available to move on a free transfer.
Each player could agree a deal to join a foreign club in January should they so wish and Jenas is worried about the prospect of the trio moving on.
Indeed, he says that it would cost around £250m to replace them if they did leave north London, and has criticised the club’s handling of their situations.
He said: “It’s surprised me that they’ve let them get to the position that they are. I thought they would have at least secured one of them.
“We’re essentially going to lose them both (Vertonghen and Alderweireld) for free. It’s poor management.
“Altogether it’s culminated in poor performances and possibly them missing out on Champions League football this year.
“With regards to the club, they’re looking at about a quarter of a billion pound they’ll need to reinvest into the team to stand any chance of staying where they want to be if they let those three players walk out.”
Next summer is not going to be fun for Spurs.
If all three players leave, they will all need replacing.
These are not fringe players; they remain important to the way Spurs play and every other club in Europe will be well aware of the need to replace them, thus inflating prices that are already threatening to go through the roof.
The average player bought by a Premier League club in the summer cost £14m but Spurs’ business emphasised the need to splash that little bit more to bring in the best players available.
Records might need to be broken all over again next summer in the worst-case scenario if the trio departs.
It remains to be seen, however, if Spurs will be able to find the suitable replacements they will surely need.