Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is set to urge the club’s board to speed up incoming transfer deals, according to The Daily Mail.
Following Kyle Walker’s £50 million-plus move to Manchester City, the Spurs boss wants the club to be more decisive in the transfer market in order to sign his key targets.
Pochettino is keen on Everton’s Ross Barkley and Porto defender Ricardo Pereira.
Any deal for Barkley is expected to drag on until the end of the transfer window with Everton seemingly refusing to budge on his valuation, despite the midfielder having just 12 months left on his contract.
Pereira is also complicated. Porto expect Tottenham to meet the right-back’s £22 million asking price, but the 23-year-old is believed to be attracting interest from Serie A Champions Juventus, which could throw a spanner in the works.
Elsewhere, a deal for the young Argentine defender Juan Foyth is expected to be completed sooner rather than later.
Spurs would be wise to move for their targets quickly in order to bed new players in during pre-season. But we know it’s not as simple as that. Sometimes deals take a long time, and Pochettino may have to be patient.