Mauricio Pochettino has suggested he is not in charge of deciding which players Tottenham are targeting in the transfer window.
The duo will become Tottenham’s first acquisitions since Lucas Moura’s arrival from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018.
Towards the end of last season, Pochettino urged the club to add to the squad this summer in order to consistently challenge for major trophies.
But speaking to Spanish radio station Catalunya Ràdio, the Argentinian made a surprise revelation about Spurs’ transfer strategy.
He said: “At Manchester City and Liverpool, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are free to decide which players they want and which they do not.
“On the other hand, at other clubs such as Tottenham, Chelsea or Arsenal, the configuration of the playing staff is not in the hands of the managers. The person who decides, in our case, is the president.”
Pochettino has never really gone into detail about how transfers work at Tottenham or why the club failed to make signings in the previous two windows.
When he says “president”, it’s likely he means chairman Daniel Levy, who is renowned for running a tight ship when it comes to finances.
That goes some way towards explaining why Spurs haven’t been buying new players, but it also suggests Pochettino isn’t pushing for additions in the way ex-managers such as Harry Redknapp clearly were.
Regardless, it looks as if Pochettino will have new signings to work with this summer, which can only be a good thing – even if they are not his personal targets.
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