Fabio Paratici has just over a week to complete any remaining summer transfer business at Tottenham.
Confirmed as managing director of football at the club in June, the Italian has been extremely busy over the past couple of months and can always be seen on his phone on a matchday.
Having brought Pierluigi Gollini, Cristian Romero and Bryan Gil to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium so far in the transfer window, the Lilywhites are not done just yet and have until 11pm on Tuesday, August 31 to complete any remaining deals.
It won’t just be incomings on the agenda in N17, however, as Paratici will also be working hard to move unwanted players out of the door as he looks to give Nuno Espirito Santo a very good squad to work with over the course of the 2021/22 season.
We’ve certainly not heard the last of Harry Kane’s Tottenham future as we head into the final week of the transfer window.
Heavily linked with a move to Man City this summer, Pep Guardiola’s team are going to have to make their move sooner rather than later if they want the England captain to boost their attacking numbers.
While of course there is still time for the player to head to the Etihad Stadium, it would be a huge shock if Tottenham parted with him so late in the window as it would give Paratici limited time to find a replacement.
Spurs have always maintained they have no intention of selling the 28-year-old this summer and all will be hoping that the player remains in their squad from September onwards.
Kane did come off the bench on Sunday against Wolves at the weekend and his reintroduction to the team after a late return to training could see him start this Sunday at home to Watford.
Moving on unwanted players
High up on Paratici’s to-do list this summer will be to move on players who aren’t part of the club’s plans going forward.
Serge Aurier still remains in the capital despite indicating a few months ago that he wants to move elsewhere for a new challenge, with his good friend Moussa Sissoko another who could join him heading out the exit door.
A decision will then have to be made over Tanguy Ndombele’s future as he is believed to have told Tottenham once again that he wants to leave.
A permanent move away may not come to fruition, however, as teams will struggle to pay the money Levy will want for the Frenchman after Spurs spent around £60m on him in July 2019.
Cameron Carter-Vickers could be another player to exit Spurs before the month is out but that will all depend on the severity of the ankle issue he sustained in the 1-0 defeat against Pacos de Ferreira.
It’s important that unwanted players are moved on as it’s no good for them remaining in N17 if they aren’t going to play.
Sign a centre-back and right-back
Tottenham are well stocked for centre-backs and right-backs as things stand at present.
However, there could still be some movement in both areas in terms of incomings and outgoings.
Paratici has already worked his magic to bring Romero to the club from Atalanta and fans will have their fingers crossed that another centre-back can come in before the transfer window slams shut.
Strengthening at the back was very much a priority for Tottenham this summer after their defensive woes last season.
Two clean sheets from their first two Premier League fixtures is a great start to the season but the managing director of football will want to add to his backline to ensure they are in the best possible place to compete at the top of the table.
Incomings could still happen but it will all rest on players moving on elsewhere over the next week.
Another attacking option
One area Tottenham could do with adding to is their attack.
Despite having a number of wide players in their squad, Spurs only have Kane and Dane Scarlett as out-and-out strikers.
The latter looks destined to be a big player for the club over the coming years but at present the Lilywhites don’t want to be piling too much pressure on his shoulders given he only turned 17 in March.
Spurs have been unable to bring in a new striker so far this summer as moves for Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic and Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan have not materialised with the Italian sides intent on keeping hold of their frontmen.
Tottenham are expected to to try and bring Wolves ace Adama Traore to the club this month and that could impact their hunt for a new striker.
football.london understands that it’s currently a case of signing the Spain international or a striker.
The potential arrival of Traore would change Spurs’ plans in attack as he would take Son Heung-min’s place on the wing and subsequently push the South Korean further up the pitch alongside Kane.
It’s now down to Paratici to either bring in another out-and-out frontman or clinch a deal with Wolves for Traore’s services.
Loan out young talent
As well as outgoings from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on a permanent basis, Spurs also must allow some of their talented young players to head out on loan.
Troy Parrott has already made the move to MK Dons and, thankfully for Tottenham, he has hit the ground running.
Jack Clarke is a player that needs to be playing week in, week out if he is to have a long-term future in north London, with Harvey White another who could benefit from another spell out on loan after finishing last campaign at Portsmouth.
Metz midfielder Pape Matar Sarr could also follow them by immediately heading out on loan back to his current club if Spurs can clinch a deal for the talented young midfielder.
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Four players are out on loan at present but that number should increase come the end of the month.
Paratici’s ideal Tottenham squad for 2021/22
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Pierluigi Gollini, Brandon Austin
Defenders: Japhet Tanganga, Matt Doherty, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Cristian Romero, Davinson Sanchez, Joe Rodon, Eric Dier, Sergio Reguilon, Ben Davies, Ryan Sessegnon
Midfielders: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp, Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso, Dele Alli, Tanguy Ndombele, Nile John
Attackers: Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Bryan Gil, Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura, Adama Traore, Dane Scarlett