Daniel Levy finally gave Spurs fans some of the answers they have been waiting for on the club’s pre-season tour of the US.
The Lilywhites are the only Premier League club yet to sign a single player this summer, though the chairman has now given some indication as to why.
Speaking at a Q and A in New York, quoted via the Daily Mail, Levy explained:
“My view is that it (spending) is totally unsustainable,” he said.
“I’m not sure if that’s the view of the other Premier League clubs, but certainly the prices that are being paid for other Premier League players I can’t see it being sustainable in the long term.”
According to Bild, one move that could still be on the cards concerns Hoffenheim full-back Jeremy Toljan.
The 22-year-old is locked in a complex third-party ownership agreement which could prove an obstacle – but if that can be overcome, his £20million price tag could be a bargain.
Toljan could be the ideal replacement for Kyle Walker while also providing extra cover for Danny Rose, as he can play on the right or the left of the defence.
Part of the Germany squad that featured at last summer’s Olympics, he has been gradually making a name for himself and is yet to commit his future to Hoffenheim as he enters the final year of his contract.
Like Kieran Trippier, he can operate higher up the field, though he scored just the one goal from his 20 Bundesliga appearances last term.
Hoffenheim’s director of football Alex Rosen has given Spurs a boost in their pursuit of the defender, admitting to Bild:
“If Tottenham comes and offers to triple your salary, then you can’t say too many negative things: London is an unattractive city or Tottenham a bad club. This is all very positive – and then young people think about it.”