7 Tottenham stars up for sale this summer as Jose Mourinho reshapes his squad

Jose Mourinho’s message to Daniel Levy was clear in the aftermath of Tottenham’s disappointing draw with Newcastle on Sunday.

When asked why his team were struggling to hold onto a lead – something his former clubs had been so successful at – Mourinho remarked to reporters: “Same coach, different players.”

In doing so, the Spurs boss effectively outlined his demands for the upcoming transfer window that he expects to be backed to give his side a fighting chance next season.

But he has a number of loose ends to tie up before then as he plans to cut adrift those players he feels are surplus to requirements.

Here are seven stars who could be up for sale this summer.

Jose Mourinho will be hopeful of offloading several stars this summer to raise transfer funds
Jose Mourinho will be hopeful of offloading several stars this summer to raise transfer funds
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Serge Aurier

Mourinho tried to sell Serge Aurier last summer and will look to do so again this time round
Mourinho tried to sell Serge Aurier last summer and will look to do so again this time round
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It’s no secret Mourinho’s not a fan of the Frenchman.

That much was obvious when he told the right-back in front of the world (via Amazon) he was “afraid” of his defending.

Even more so when he signed Matt Doherty to try and replace him, which has ultimately not worked out as he’d have hoped.

To make their relationship more difficult, Aurier then stormed out of the stadium after a heated half-time row with his manager having been substituted during the defeat to Liverpool.

And he was hardly blameless for his role in Sunday’s draw at Newcastle.

AC Milan and PSG were among those interested in an £18million deal last summer, according to reports, but both clubs have seemingly moved on to other targets.

He was Mauricio Pochettino’s signing, so there’s always a chance his old boss could come back in for him, though it’s unlikely.

Either way, Mourinho will be keen to get shot of him.

Dele Alli

The coming transfer window is the right time for Dele Alli to seek pastures new
The coming transfer window is the right time for Dele Alli to seek pastures new
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Out of favour, out of form and out of the England squad; Dele Alli simply needs to leave Tottenham for the good of his career.

There’s clearly a problem and distrust between him and his manager, who has repeatedly called him out in public.

He’s made 22 appearances for Spurs this season, but only 10 of those have been starts, some of which he has been dragged off at half-time.

A change of scenery would do him good and a link-up with Pochettino at PSG would be the ideal scenario, but he should have plenty of offers on the table otherwise.

Daniel Levy will not want to let him go for cheap though, which makes a loan with option or obligation to buy the most likely solution.

Harry Winks

Harry Winks has struggled for chances under Mourinho
Harry Winks has struggled for chances under Mourinho
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It’s been a fall from grace for Winks, who has seen his own England chances scuppered by a lack of action.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s arrival all-but ended his run in the side and there appears to be little way back for him with the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Moussa Sissoko considered ahead of him in the more advanced midfield roles.

With youngster Oliver Skipp also pushing for a breakthrough, Winks’ days at Spurs look numbered.

And he seems to be the easiest player to shift, given the wealth of interest at home and abroad.

Atletico Madrid and Everton have been among the clubs linked and his sale would fetch a decent sum for Mourinho to spend elsewhere.

Davinson Sanchez

Spurs need to sign defenders this summer placing Davinson Sanchez's future in doubt
Spurs need to sign defenders this summer placing Davinson Sanchez’s future in doubt
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You don’t need to be a detective to work out who Mourinho was referring to when he delivered a brutal verbal blow to his side after their Newcastle display.

Sanchez was the man at fault for Newcastle’s opener, causing his boss to quip post-match: “I believe that many of these white hairs come with things I am not used to seeing in football matches in this level.

“But there are mistakes which I probably shouldn’t even call mistakes because they are related to qualities that players have.”

That appears to be the final straw as far as Sanchez is concerned, and he has never really convinced since signing for a club-record fee in 2017.

Whether any clubs will be willing to finance a bid to get him out of north London though is another matter.

Ryan Sessegnon

Ryan Sessegnon is due to return to Tottenham this summer when his loan spell ends
Ryan Sessegnon is due to return to Tottenham this summer when his loan spell ends
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On the surface this could go either way, as Sessegnon’s performance on loan at Hoffenheim may earn him another shot under Mourinho.

But he failed to make an impression when he was at the club, and it’s likely he’ll be collateral damage this summer to boost Mourinho’s transfer kitty.

The Spurs boss does, after all, have some very good options down the left flank, with Sessegnon facing a tough task to dislodge either Sergio Reguilon or Son Hueng-min.

At 20 he’s at a point in his career where he needs to kick on and, while his stint in Germany has no doubt done him plenty of good, his time with Spurs is at an important crossroads.

Fulham would love to have him back but would stand little chance of that if they are relegated, but there will be no shortage of options available to him, and Spurs could recoup much of the £25m he cost them.

Juan Foyth

Juan Foyth (R) looks poised to join Villarreal permanently
Juan Foyth (R) looks poised to join Villarreal permanently
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This one looks a no brainer from all angles.

Foyth is playing regularly on loan at Villarreal, who have an option to buy the defender included in the agreement.

Spurs tied the 23-year-old down to a new contact before he joined the Spanish club, but that was largely to protect their own interests.

The fee is reported to be around €15m (£12.8m) and reports claim Villarreal are keen to follow through with a permanent transfer.

Erik Lamela

Erik Lamela could be sold before his contract runs out
Erik Lamela could be sold before his contract runs out
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This could be one which could well be a non-starter, but the fact Lamela’s contract expires at the end of next season is a cause for concern.

Levy won’t want to let any player enter the final 12 months of his deal, especially after what happened with Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen.

The issue is that Lamela is now 29 and will be looking for one last big pay day and long-term security.

He’s been a fairly important player under Mourinho but for how much longer?

If Spurs want to move forward as a team, replacing Lamela and strengthening in that position is not too far away.

Selling him this summer, therefore, seems the logical solution.

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