- Spurs have beaten a number of Premier League and European sides to the signing of Brazilian international Richarlison
- French defender Clément Lenglet has also signed from Barcelona on a season long loan with an option to buy
- Sporting director Fabio Paratici joins to impress with his transfer dealings, wrapping up four signings before pre-season
Brazilian international Richarlison has completed his move to Spurs in a deal worth £60m from Everton. The forward has signed a five-year contract and becomes Tottenham’s four summer signings to date.
The deal represents an enormous coup for the north London side, such a signing would have been unthinkable 12 months ago. Credit must be given to work undertaken by Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici.
Richarlison was pivotal to Everton’s survival last season and almost single handedly kept the Toffee’s in the Premier League. The forward’s exit will be an enormous loss to Frank Lampard’s side, although necessary given the clubs precarious financial situation, the sale of their most valuable asset was a must in order to meet Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability rules.
Tottenham are understood to have beaten the likes of Chelsea, Paris Saint Germain, and Barcelona to the Brazilians signature, his arrival follows the signings of Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma who all joined the club last month.
French international defender Clément Lenglet is also expected to seal his move to Spurs next week, with personal terms already agreed according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The Barcelona defender will be joining on a season long loan deal with an option to buy. The Catalans are under pressure to free up space on their wage bill before announcing the arrivals of Andreas Christensen and César Azpilicueta on free transfers from Chelsea.
Spurs are also understood to be close to agreeing the signing of Middlesbrough wing-back Djed Spence. The 21-year-old defender starred on loan at Nottingham Forest last season as they sealed their return to the top flight. Talks had initially stalled last month, although the England under-21 international is now expected to arrive in north London next week.
Tottenham’s early business will no doubt delight the Spurs fans. Chairman Daniel Levy’s previous dealings were typically late in the window acquisitions, whilst the recent big money arrivals of Tanguy Ndombele and Steven Bergwijn have failed to deliver.
The long serving chairman should take some credit for the appointment of Fabio Paratici. The former Juventus director of football is slowly building a competitive squad, whilst easing out the dead wood.
His contacts were pivotal to the purchases of Dejan Kulusevski, Cristian Romero and Rodrigo Bentancur – players he previously signed whilst at Juve. His relationship with manager Antonio Conte was also key to acquiring the serial winning manager on a full-time basis.
With Champions League football secured for the coming season, and Harry Kane back on board following his flirtations with Manc City, there’s a real sense of optimism surrounding the club. Spurs fans will be hoping that the current progression will be met with long awaited silverware.