Tottenham Hotspur are keen on letting go of Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Winks and Sergio Reguilon before the summer transfer window shuts, according to The Athletic.
The aforementioned quartet were excluded from Spurs’ pre-season tour of South Korea earlier this month – an early indicator that they are not in manager Antonio Conte’s plans for the 2022-23 campaign – and after adding six new players to the squad, balancing the books and selling (or loaning out) some players is only pertinent.
Having finished fourth last season (2021-22) despite taking charge of Tottenham during the campaign, Conte will be looking to challenge for the Premier League title and other honours this term.
The Italian needs the best players and a solid depth squad to have any chance of competing against the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Europe’s bigwigs, and making necessary adjustments to the North London side will come in very much handy.
Spurs have signed goalkeeper Fraser Forster, 34, with Clement Lenglet, 27, and Djed Spence, 21, added to the defence, while midfield powerhouse Yves Bissouma, 25, is expected to help make things tick in the middle of the pack.
Attacking duo Ivan Perisic, 33, and Richarlison, 25, will look to force their way into Conte’s starting XI, and that could spell the end of Lucas Moura’s Tottenham career.
Lo Celso, 26, and Ndombele, 25, spent the second half of last season on loan at Villarreal and Lyon respectively, and while the latter impressed with the La Liga side, it does not appear that he did enough to convince Conte.
The France international – the club’s most expensive signing of all time – could not impress back at his former side, and he does not look like someone capable of surviving the Italian manager’s brutal style of play and training sessions.
Winks started just nine league games last term, and while Reguilon started 22, Sevilla are interested in bringing back the Spain international full-back.
The duo have not done enough to convince Conte that they have what it takes to help him mount a realistic challenge for silverware, and it is understandable why they have been transfer-listed.
Spurs appear to be done with their incoming transfers this window, but they need to sort out the outgoings, and with roughly a month left before the transfer window shuts on September 1, they do not have the luxury of time on their hands.
The Tottenham backroom staff is led by a master tactician who knows what it takes to win the Premier League title – having done so at Chelsea back in 2016-17 – and the Daniel Levy-led board has trusted his judgement since his arrival.
He is ringing necessary changes to his team, and if things go as planned, Spurs could be pushing Pep Guardiola’s Man City and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the title race next term.
They will be going in search of their first piece of silverware since 2008 this season, and fans can trust Conte to help their side finally end the silverware drought.