Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho warned of ‘strict’ Daniel Levy transfer policy
Jose Mourinho has a track record of spending big at previous clubs, but former Spurs defender Ramon Vega has warned that he will have to change his approach under Daniel Levy. The Tottenham chairman has been stringent in opening his chequebook for big-money signings in previous years.
The club splashed out a club-record fee worth £54million to sign Tanguy Ndombele, beating the £36m they used to sign Davinson Sanchez back in 2017.
It’s someway short of the spending powers Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United have shown in recent years.
Still, Mauricio Pochettino had helped lift the club into being title contenders as well as being a serious threat in Europe.
The Argentine though struggled to get the best out of his side at the start of this season before being sacked in November.
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Mourinho was brought in as his replacement and results started to improve while he also bolstered the squad in the January market by signing Steven Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes, the latter of which joined on an 18-month loan with the option to buy.
More additions were expected in the summer transfer window before the outbreak of COVID-19.
Spurs have since taken out a £175m loan from the Bank of England to ease the financial impact of the coronavirus.
And Vega, who won the League Cup with Tottenham back in 1999, has warned Mourinho that he faces a big challenge to get the best out this current Tottenham side.
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“Tottenham Hotspur is not a straight forward team to manage for any manager in the world, to be honest,” Vega told Goal.
“Jose Mourinho has of course an enormous track record. He was very successful at big clubs.
“Of course, he comes on the back[drop] of a wonderful job Mauricio Pochettino did at Spurs with an extremely low budget, hardly any transfer, actually no [big] transfers at all for three years and building one of the best teams in the world.
“Now Jose Mourinho has definitely, without doubt, some pressure to win something for Spurs because Spurs have to be [in the] top-four in the Premier League.
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“He starts to realise the Spurs philosophy, how to manage a club for [Spurs chairman] Daniel Levy is even more stricter in terms of the financial capacity and spending on players.
“Of course looking into lots of young talented players as you already know [or] see within the squad, Harry Kane, Dele Alli [and] all young players from the squad coming through. Maybe that is something new for Mourinho as well.
“Maybe that is something he wanted to have as a challenge.
“I think Mourinho always needed the challenge and I tell you that now as an ex-player at Tottenham Hotspur that’s definitely for certain Spurs is a challenge to manage.”
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