Many Spurs fans breathed a sign of relief at today’s Champions League draw, but it could possibly scupper the club’s interest in a confirmed transfer target.
Drawn against CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco in Group E, Tottenham have an excellent chance to go through to the knockout stages. However, it is the presence of Leverkusen in the same group that might spell trouble as we look to strengthen the squad.
The agent of the Leverkusen attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has confirmed that Spurs have registered their interest in the player, but the German giants may well be reluctant to strengthen a Champions League rival.
Like Tottenham, Bayer will fancy their chances of qualifying for the last-16. Having sold Heung-Min Son to Spurs last summer, it would show a lack of ambition to let another of their star perforers move to N17, given the new circumstances.
At the very least you would expect that the presence of Spurs in Group E, would mean that Leverkusen would want a premium fee for the Turkish international. As Tottenham don’t tend to pay premium fees, we think that this is one transfer that’s now unlikely to come off.