Nuno delighted Harry Kane staying at Tottenham
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Tottenham have managed to keep hold of star-striker Harry Kane, and have also managed to offload a lot of the club’s deadwood this summer, with more outgoings expected before Tuesday’s deadline.
After a long summer of battling to hold on to Harry Kane, Manchester City have finally ended their interest in the 28-year-old and the forward will remain at Tottenham this season.
Despite their efforts to keep Kane at the club, Nuno Espirito Santo has also been working on letting players go who are deemed surplus to requirements, and considerable progress has been made with three more fringe players.
It’s been an excellent window for Tottenham, who have not only signed Cristian Romero, Bryan Gil, Pierluigi Gollini and Pape Sarr, they have already shipped out a lot of deadwood, with more to follow before Tuesday’s deadline.
For now, Kane stays, but it’s been a great start to the rebuild by the new Tottenham manager.
Tottenham have already sold Juan Foyth, Toby Alderweireld and Joe Hart this summer, with Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Paulo Gazzaniga also leaving the club as part of a major overhaul by Espirito Santo.
To trim the squad even more, deals to see Harry Winks and Serge Aurier leave the club are also underway with Moussa Sissoko completing his move to Watford on Friday afternoon.
Winks has been at Tottenham for his whole career, joining as a six-year-old, but has failed to hold down a consistent role in the Spurs side since being promoted to the first team in 2014.
The 25-year-old still has a long career ahead, but due to the promise of Oliver Skipp in an already congested position within Tottenham’s squad, Winks has been reportedly been told he can leave the club, with Premier League duo Leeds United and Newcastle showing interest.
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Moussa Sissoko has completed a move to Watford as the 32-year-old is set to replace Will Hughes – who’s close to joining Crystal Palace.
Sissoko joined Tottenham in 2016 and has shown that he is capable of performing at the highest level but with extreme inconsistencies and looks set to become a big character at Watford.
Watford will be hoping that Sissoko can emulate the success of former player and fellow Frenchman Abdoulaye Doucoure, as they look to avoid instant relegation upon their return to the top-flight.
Serge Aurier is the final name on the transfer list, with the Ivorian defender keen on a move back to France to join Ligue 1 champions Lille, but the move hinges on current right-back Mehmet Celik.
The Turkish international is in talks with Atletico Madrid, and due to financial implications at the club, it is thought that the full-back would have to be sold before funding a move for Aurier.
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Tottenham are very much planning for the future, and the influence of new sporting director Fabio Paratici is already proving to be extremely successful at the club.
Loan signings for Romero and Gollini could be made permanent next year, and Sarr will return from his loan spell at FC Metz as part of his transfer agreement, leaving Espirito Santo a fresh squad to build on and work with.
The future of Kane is very much up in the air though and although they have held onto him this summer, the England captain will attract the same interest ahead of next season and chairman Daniel Levy may be tempted to cash in.
Levy was in a brilliant position this summer with three-years remaining on Kane’s current deal, and it was vital that the forward stayed at the club to assist with Espirito Santo’s rebuild.
However, next year Tottenham could be in a much better position, and with Kane heading towards the age of 30 next summer, it may be time for Levy to take the money and further re-invest in the club’s future.
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