Hello, associates. It’s been a protracted weekend and albeit I did not write a lot as a result of it has been just about a continuous wall to wall depression-a-thon with regards to Tottenham Hotspur information. Like (I presume most of) you, I’m solely human and must disconnect sometimes.
But the information does not cease simply because I would like to modify off mentally for a few days. There have been some transfers and information updates which have trickled in since Friday, so this looks as if an excellent time, as an alternative of posting particular person articles, to whip ’em collectively into a fast digest.
So — here is your Weekend Rumor Roundup. Hopefully it covers many of the non-bullshit stuff, and possibly a bit of little bit of the bullshit too.
No, there’s nonetheless no breakthrough on the switch of Pedro Porro from Sporting to Tottenham, nevertheless it looks as if issues are inching nearer. Sporting’s public dealing with place is that they need his €45m buy clause, all up entrance. Spurs appear keen to get near that however try to construction it in order that there are some incentives that may be paid over time. Sporting’s being intransigent however they’re nonetheless speaking, and Porro now appears to need to transfer to London. That provides me some hope that this one will make it over the road, though it might go right down to the wire.
Spurs have seemingly all the time been linked with Nicolo Zaniolo (I feel since earlier than he was born) however the rumors have actually heated up over the previous couple of days. The newest is that Zaniolo apparently needs to depart Roma (who would not imo) and the membership is able to promote him, however there are some hangups to any potential deal.
Very potential Spurs get Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo earlier than the window closes. Zaniolo isn’t a part of the Spezia sport right this moment. Roma need a everlasting sale for round £30m or a mortgage with an obligation to purchase. pic.twitter.com/CnVZEwXmlC
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) January 22, 2023
Spurs need a mortgage with an choice as a hedge in case Zaniolo’s two surgically repaired knees have lowered his efficiency more than they thought. Roma needs a mortgage with an OBLIGATION so they do not have to fret about possibly getting him again this summer time.
Zaniolo has some bizarre stats and is taking part in ways developed by a soccer terrorist, however he has elevated his photographs by a big margin this yr. He’s not a passionate inventive midfielder, however he is undoubtedly a dribble boy who can shoot at will, so should you cock your head and squint you possibly can see a scenario the place this is perhaps an excellent factor for Spurs. Keep your eye on this rumor, because it appears like one that’s more likely to finally undergo.
Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino
This is a two-part rumor that’s linked by decisions and potential circumstances. First, there are a number of experiences that Conte, who has admitted to having a troublesome yr with psychological well being after the deaths of three shut associates and having his household again in Italy, has requested Tottenham to place his contract talks on maintain till nearer to the tip of the season. The thought is that he needs to focus on turning the season round, and to see if he is backed within the January switch window earlier than deciding whether or not he needs to return again for one more season.
That places the membership in a critical bind, and does not actually do something to assuage jittery followers who’re fearful he’ll bolt, or the Tottenham brass who is perhaps prepared to fireplace him outright if Spurs do not flip issues round towards Fulham tomorrow or the FA Cup match at Preston on the weekend. So in a way, nothing’s modified — Spurs are caught within the in-between grey area between backing their present coach who could or could not need to be right here and getting ready the stage for whoever the following coach shall be.
So all that units the stage FOR A SUPER JUICY RUMOR courtesy of Marco Conterio: Daniel Levy is outwardly already negotiating with Mauricio Pochettino to interchange Conte. This is smart on one stage — we all know Levy works on contingency plans and likes to have his supervisor replacements (quietly) lined up earlier than axing his present coach.
However — and I’m going to place this in daring — Marco Conterio is by no means a dependable supply in these issues. In the author’s Slack he was known as a “mega mondo bullshit artist” and whereas it would not in any respect shock me if Pochettino does find yourself being Tottenham’s Once and Future Coach, frankly the dude will get no credit score from me for being the primary individual to learn the obvious of tea leaves. Wait for it to be reported by somebody dependable like Dan Kilpatrick, Alasdair Gold, or anybody at The Athletic.
Pape Matar Sarr
Here’s a quickie from the Department of Nah, Pass: a rumor from Spain (courtesy of Matteo Moretto) means that Espanyol have submitted a proper supply to mortgage Pape Matar Sarr till the tip of the season.
El Espanyol needs Pape Matar Sarr and has already offered an official supply. At the second, Tottenham doesn’t worth the potential of leaving, however the events are nonetheless engaged on it. @relevo
— Matteo Moretto (@MatteMoretto) January 22, 2023
Sarr was a participant we needed to have loaned out earlier than the World Cup as a result of it seemed like he wasn’t going to get any first staff minutes beneath Antonio Conte. However, Conte bought an excellent alternative to work with him after he returned from Qatar, and Sarr has turned that into a number of good reserve performances and even a begin within the North London Derby. He seems to have performed his approach into Conte’s plans, and whereas something can occur within the final week of the window, my guess is that he stays at Spurs.
Not the most effective of sources and it’s best to take that very a lot into consideration, however there’s an “unique” in Football Insider suggesting that Blackpool have made a proposal to take Spurs academy graduate Harvey White on mortgage. Conte has raved about White over the previous few months, praising his potential to take route, his work fee in coaching, and his potential to play in a bunch of various positions. Case in level: in Harry Kane’s absence, White stepped out of his traditional central midfield position and performed as a false 9 within the first of Spurs’ mid-season post-World Cup friendlies.
White wants a mortgage. He could also be an amazing coaching floor dude, however Conte does not suppose he is prepared for Premier League minutes, so a transfer to the Championship would make loads of sense. Spurs have not but decided on whether or not to let him depart; they need to completely let him depart.