Tottenham News: Paulinho, Pochettino, Morata, Konoplyanka

The Tottenham news in today’s papers isn’t the most encouraging for Spurs fans. It raises uncertainty on Paulinho’s future at White Hart Lane and there are doubts about possible targets Alvaro Morata and Yevhen Konoplyanka plus possible manager Mauricio Pochettino.


Paulinho: Absolutely Not
The news that Chelsea have agreed a deal for the transfer of midfielder David Luiz to Paris St-Germain gives substance of earlier suggestions of their interest in signing Paulinho from Tottenham. The Brazilian recently talked down any suggestions of him wanting to leave Spurs but he is reported to be one of a number of possible targets for the Stamford Bridge club according to the Daily Telegraph. They are also reported to be interested in Paul Pogba of Juventus and Atletico Madrid’s Koke.

Hopefully, Paulinho’s recent comments on not looking away from Tottenham are sincere but there is always concern in a World Cup year when players spend a lengthy period with players from other clubs and it can encourage them to seek a move after the tournament. Tottenham have suffered with that in previous years with Michael Carrick looking away having spent the summer in the company of Mancheseter Uniteed players in the England squad at the World Cup in 2006. Luka Modric pushed for his move to Real Madrid after the last European Championships, although that had been mooted in advance and this year there is uncertainty about Jan Vertonghen’s future with Spurs.

Alvaro Morata

Tottenham are again reported to be interested in the Real Madrid striker but Arsenal are also thought to be interested in signing him according to a report in the Daily Express. Going on past experience, players from Real Madrid have been unwilling to consider a move to Spurs, usually preferring to remain in Spain or look elsewhere.

Yevhen Konoplyanka

Tottenham have been linked with the Dnipro winger, Yevhen Konoplyanka, who nearly signed for Liverpool last January. He is reported to be available for transfer for a fee of £14m but Tottenham will have competition from a number of clubs with Liverpool still interested, Arsenal and according to The Mirror, Manchester United who are looking to strengthen their squad fro new manager Louis van Gaal.

Mauricio Pochettino

As Tottenham continue their search for a new manager, the Metro brings the news that they expect Tottenham’s favoured candidate, Mauricio Pochettino to sign a new contract with Southampton to build on the progress made in his time at the club.


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  • jim

    The Southampton Board want to keep Pochettino. The Spurs Board are apparently split over who to approach as the next manager. Pochettino possibly calculates that even if Spurs approach him not all the Board would really support him, at the outset, let alone in the ups and downs of management later on. He could well think they would sack him within 18 months, so better off at Southampton, at least for now. And who could blame him.
    Spurs are said to be watching tonight’s ECL final with interest, and might hope to lure Ancellotti if Real sack him. He’s a top manager, who apparently likes living in London.
    They are taking their time, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But it would be good to name the new manager in the next week or two, at the outside, so he can start thinking about how to review and strengthen the Spurs squad of players. Here’s hoping.

  • jim

    RM 4 AM 1, so perhaps not Ancelotti.

  • jim

    The odds on de Boer just went up. Or perhaps Benitez, or maybe Moyes….. last man standing.

  • jim

    Or maybe they fancy Pochettino after all.
    I actually think Laudrup could be an inspired choice.