Following the appointment of Nuno Santo as Tottenham Hotspur’s next manager, an exciting transfer claim has been made…
The 47-year-old was finally hired as Jose Mourinho’s successor after a long ten-week process and now, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the North Londoners will turn their attentions to the transfer market.
He delivered the fresh claim to supporters on Twitter, where he wrote:
“Tottenham director [Fabio] Paratici now at work for Nuno. Levy still intentioned to keep Harry Kane.
“[Heung-min] Son expected to extend his contract soon.
“Talks ongoing with Bologna for [Takehiro] Tomiyasu offering €18m (add ons included).
“Spurs have also [Jules] Koundé and [Joachim] Andersen in their list.”
There are a few things to take away from this update but overall, it should not only leave fans buzzing but also Nuno too.
It’s no secret that Spurs’ defence was one of their biggest problems under Mourinho, particularly during the 2020/21 campaign. A combination of individual mistakes and a lack of cohesion in the backline meant the Lilywhites had one of the worst defensive records in the top eight.
The central partnership of Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier was slammed as one of the worst in the Premier League, Sergio Reguilon’s form tailed off massively following injury, whilst Serge Aurier has been back to his calamitous ways, being dubbed a “liability” once again.
It was so bad that at one stage Mourinho utilised 16 different defensive combinations.
That’s why the links to new defenders are hugely encouraging as it means new sporting director Paratici has already noted the key areas of weakness and is looking to instantly rectify them to give Nuno the best chance of success.
In Tomiyasu, the Portuguese head coach would be getting a versatile option that can play through the middle and on the right, meaning whatever formation he opts to deploy, there will be a space for him.
Whilst Kounde and Andersen could be upgrades on the aforementioned duo of Sanchez and Dier, the latter is rather interesting considering the 25-year-old impressed during a loan spell at Fulham last term. He would need no time to settle in.
There is also encouraging news on both Son, who looks set to sign a new long-team deal, and his goalscoring partner Kane, who appears to be staying at the club despite requesting to be sold this window, leading to interest from Spurs’ top-flight rivals, as per Sky Sports.
The Portuguese boss would be dealt an instant blow if he were to lose their leading talisman.
Both of those updates gives Nuno a further boost and that should leave many thrilled ahead of the new season.