Well, where do we start? Harry Kane’s future, a new sporting director, ridding the club of deadwood, a rebuild under new boss Ange Postecoglou – there is no sole top priority for Tottenham this summer.
However, in order to give themselves the best platform to build on for the rest of the summer, hiring a replacement for Fabio Paratici should be the first item on the lengthy agenda for Daniel Levy and incoming chief football officer Scott Munn, who will begin working in tandem with the chairman on July 1.
Levy has been single-handedly overseeing operations since Paratici was allowed to resign, having failed with an appeal over his 30-month worldwide ban over the Juventus financial scandal, and prospective managers and players may be reluctant to join without a sporting director in place.Tim Steidten and Brentford’s Lee Dykes are believed to be two prime contenders for the Tottenham job, and once an appointment is complete for the upstairs role, Levy can turn his attention to bolstering his playing squad – and keeping one particular star man at the club.
Out of contract in 2024 and with no reports of an imminent agreement over a renewal, Tottenham surely cannot risk their all-time top goalscorer leaving for nothing next summer, so a big-name striker will be needed to replace him if an exit is engineered – Richarlison has done little to show that he could be the long-term solution.
Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea have all been linked with Kane, although Levy’s reluctance to sell has also reportedly forced those clubs to consider alternative options.
Long-serving captain Hugo Lloris has confirmed that he wants to leave, with David Raya expected to come in as his replacement, while a new permanent centre-back and midfield signing would not go amiss during one of the most crucial summers of Levy’s tenure so far.