Tottenham are not planning to involve themselves in a bidding war with rivals Arsenal for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar this summer.
That’s according to recent developments being discussed on Sky Sports, who have contradicted L’Equipe by saying that Mauricio Pochettino’s early transfer window efforts are focused on other targets, as opposed to that of their Premier League rivals.
Everton creative midfielder Ross Barkley is a genuine target, although they’re understandably reluctant to pay the £50m valuation that Ronald Koeman has put on the talented Englishman’s head.
We reported that an opening offer of £30.7m was rejected by Monaco for Lemar, who are reluctant to let him go for any price this summer.
Spurs are keen to improve their attacking depth so it’s no surprise that they were linked with a formal approach for the talented Frenchman.
With the cost of their new stadium to consider, it’s easy to forget that Tottenham are not a European superpower yet and cannot afford to make plenty of marquee signings every summer.
They’ll look to strengthen across all areas, selling their unsettled players at a premium while replacing them accordingly with the proceeds.