Mauricio Pochettino has said Tottenham are unlikely to spend money on new players in the January transfer window.
Spurs didn’t bring in a single new recruit over the summer despite pursuing Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish until deadline day.
Villa’s new owners declared Grealish wasn’t for sale and Tottenham didn’t have an alternative, but the Londoners did end up retaining the players they were expected to sell.
Those players, including Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele, are out of contract at the end of the season, and Spurs have been urged to sign long-term replacements sooner rather than later.
However, Pochettino believes the funding of the new stadium means Tottenham won’t do any transfer business next month.
“I don’t have any money!” Pochettino said (via Standard Sport), jokingly turning out his pockets when asked if Spurs will spend in January.
“One thing you need to understand is that Tottenham built the training ground and one of the best stadiums in the world with our own resources.
“Daniel is doing that with our own resources. It’s not like people came from I-don’t-know-where and said, ‘Here’s £500m for the facilities. And what does the manager want? Five players? Okay – we’re going to invest £500m more.’ It’s important to make that clear when we compare Spurs with another team.
“We’re doing everything with our own resources – that’s why it’s massive credit for Daniel. To be competitive like we are, it’s tough. It was tough for Arsenal in a different period.”
Pochettino has been heavily linked with the Manchester United job after the Red Devils sacked Jose Mourinho on Tuesday.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has been hired as caretaker manager but Pochettino is reported to be United’s first choice to take over next summer.
It has been suggested Spurs will need to back the Argentinian in the transfer market in order to convince him to stay, but it looks like the club is set for another quiet window.