Spurs under huge transfer pressure as double blow raises more questions


t is only right to reserve judgement on Tottenham‘s transfer window until after 11pm on Monday night but clearly it has been a difficult 24 hours for the club.

Adama Traore, a Spurs target for the entire month, has chosen Barcelona, while Liverpool look set to beat their Premier League rivals to the signing of Porto winger Luis Diaz.

There is no great shame in being gazumped by two of the biggest clubs in the world but the situations raise further questions about Spurs’ recruitment strategy, and leave embattled chairman Daniel Levy and managing director Fabio Paratici under even more pressure going into the final days of the window.

Adama opted to return to Barca on loan from Wolves amid reported concerns over playing right wing-back for Spurs, although economics also appear to be a factor in the move.

The Catalan club are willing to pay nearly £30million for the Spain international in the summer, a significant fee for a player with 18 months on his contract – and one likely considered extravagant by Spurs, particularly given concerns over Adama’s end product.

As for Diaz, Spurs were prepared to meet Porto’s £50m asking price but the Colombian winger and his representatives preferred a move to Champions League Liverpool.

The Reds had made Diaz their top target for the summer but brought forward their interest after Spurs’ approach.

Spurs, of course, faced Liverpool in the 2019 Champions League final but the trajectories of the clubs before and since have been starkly contrasting.

This week’s disappointments in the market reflect Spurs’ current position – Europa Conference League drop-outs – and are another consequence of the club’s failure to really seize the initiative when Mauricio Pochettino was in charge.

In isolation, missing out on Adama and Diaz is no disaster – there were legitimate questions about where both would have fit into Antonio Conte‘s squad – but they join a lengthy list of missed targets, reflecting a concerning pattern in the transfer market.

The pressure is on Daniel Levy to help save another frustrating Tottenham transfer window

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