Transfer Talk: Spurs to back Pochettino, buy star trio

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Pochettino set for summer transfer war chest

Despite heartbreak in the Champions League final, Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is set to be backed heavily in the transfer market this summer, according to reports in the Mirror.

The Spurs boss highlighted the financial muscle of his top-four rivals in the aftermath of their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, and his club have already started to make moves for a number of summer targets.

Spurs have had offers turned down for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele of Lyon, and Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon remains a long-term target.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has faced criticism from fans in the past 18 months for a lack of signings at the club, but he is now ready to show Pochettino that he can match his manager’s ambitions with substantial transfer funds.

Giovani Lo Celso
Giovani Lo Celso is reportedly a target for Tottenham Hotspur.

Napoli plot summer Real raid

Napoli are preparing for a busy summer in the transfer market, and Calciomercato claims that the Serie A runners-up have contacted Real Madrid regarding three of Zinedine Zidane’s fringe players.

Zidane is keen to offload a number of squad members to fund a summer revamp of his own, and Napoli are believed to be interested in Dani Ceballos, Theo Hernandez and Marcos Llorente — with all three being told by their manager that they don’t have a future at the Bernabeu.

Los Blancos and the Italians enjoy a strong relationship, with three Real Madrid players making the move to the Stadio San Paolo in the past few years. Raul Albiol, Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon have all made the switch from La Liga to Serie A since 2013.

A move for Ceballos is believed to be the most complicated of the three, with a host of other clubs in the running for the former Real Betis midfielder.

Kieran set to join Sarri on trip to Turin

The Mirror claims that Juventus are set to name Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri as their new manager in a matter of days, and the Serie A champions are believed to be keen on a shock move for Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier.

After discussions with the Chelsea hierarchy, Sarri has made it clear that he wants to leave Stamford Bridge after just a year in charge, despite Europa League success and a third-place finish in the Premier League.

Juventus have been long-term admirers of Sarri following his successful spell as Napoli boss, and they are confident about tying their No. 1 target to a £19 million three-year contract.

News of the Bianconeri’s interest in Spurs full-back Trippier comes after Napoli appeared to cool their interest in the former Burnley man, but Juve are monitoring him as a potential replacement for Portugal international Joao Cancelo, who has endured a difficult first season in Turin.

Tap-ins

Sergio Reguilon has been told by Real Madrid that he is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu, and AS is reporting that Alaves have become the latest club to show interest in the 22-year-old. Borussia Dortmund and Leganes are also believed to be keen on a move for the Spaniard.

— The agent of Inter Milan goalkeeper Ionut Radu has revealed that Arsenal have been in contact with the Italian club regarding a deal for the 22-year-old. The Mirror claims that the Gunners must fight off competition from Lyon for the Romanian’s signature.

— AS claims that Valencia are keen to thrash out a deal for highly rated Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez. The Uruguayan notched 13 goals in La Liga this season and could be tempted by the Champions League football on offer at the Mestalla.



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