Tottenham Hotspur will entertain offers for Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele this week, according to Sky Sports.
Spurs are yet to bring in any new player this summer, but no major names have left the club either as Mauricio Pochettino’s squad has remained largely the same as the one that finished last season.
With time running out on the opportunity to buy reinforcements, the report suggests Tottenham want two new additions over the next week – one of which is Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.
It also suggests that if appropriate offers for Alderweireld, Rose or Dembele arrive, the first-team trio could be sold.
While there is reasoning for the trio to leave given their respective contract situations (and last summer’s fiasco for Rose), the fact that replacements are not already lined up is really concerning.
To lose someone as influential as Alderweireld or Dembele with only days remaining in the window is a strategy potentially fraught with danger, as a top-quality replacement would be needed to soften the blow.
Tottenham have ambitions of fighting for silverware this season but the required strength in depth appears lacking in some areas.
As such, Pochettino must be frustrated with the lack of summer transfer business and Spurs have not evolved due to the lack of fresh faces in the squad.
While young players from the youth ranks can possibly plug the gaps, the failure to improve the starting XI remains a major concern – if Alderweireld or Dembele leave, Tottenham’s starting XI will actually be weaker for 2018-19.