When it comes to the transfer window good teams start with a plan that they execute to get the players they want out of the club and new players into the club. Of course, bringing new players in is often the easier part. Selling players on can be considerably more difficult as the team wants to make money and needs an interested buyer. For Tottenham Hotspur, they hope they can sell the pieces they want, not just pieces they can profit on.
Player transfers are a buyers market
It is the last piece, in particular, having an interested buyer that makes things particularly difficult during a transfer window. For example, it is likely Tottenham would have sold Cameron Carter-Vickers last summer but they did not have a buyer.
Of course, after signing Carter-Vickers to a contract extension and then his successful season in the Championship, it is possible that Tottenham will indeed be able to move Carter-Vickers this summer window and make a little money. In this instance, the gamble of adding a year to his contract is likely going to work out well for both Tottenham and CCV.
I say all this so we can try and fully understand that there may be a handful of players fans and the club would like to move on but that only works if someone is willing to buy them. Of course, Harry Kane is in demand, he is the best striker in England. However, how much demand is there for Harry Winks, or Matt Doherty, or Eric Dier right now?
The reality is many of the players that probably do need to move on from the club may not be able to because teams simply do not want those players. Alternatively, there are a few players Tottenham does not want to leave, who will be in demand. Harry Kane is one such player, Heung-Min Son is another, and a third is first-year midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.
We know Tottenham desperately wants to keep both Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son and presumably feels the same about Pierre-Emile Højbjerg. However, the odds are Tottenham is going to lose someone they do not want to simply to make the money they need too, might that someone is Pierre-Emile Højbjerg?