When it came to the art of spending money in last summer’s transfer window not many were as good at it as Tottenham Hotspur.
After securing a spot in the UEFA Europa League by the skin of their teeth on the final day of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign, Spurs knew they would have to significantly strengthen their armoury if they were to challenge for a top-four spot this time around.
In total, head coach Jose Mourinho was allowed to add seven high-profile signings to his first-team squad, landing five players on permanent deals and Welshman Gareth Bale and Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius on season-long loan deals.
Spurs spent the best part of £60million on landing Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, as well as getting deals done for Joe Hart and Joe Rodon.
It was a summer window that showed Spurs meant business, with the signings of Reguilon and Hojbjerg having proven to be superb pieces of business, whilst Bale is beginning to show glimpses of his old self once again.
But whilst Spurs were busy adding new talent to the squad, not many big names left the club, recouping funds for future transfer windows to assist Mourinho in plotting future plans.
However, Spurs did successfully offload Christian Eriksen for £16.9million last January, which was just under £2million more than what they had to pay to get Hojbjerg’s signature secured. This coming summer, Spurs are likely to want to offload one or two players that do not feature in Mourinho’s long-term plans, but they will have to take age, current value and future value into account.
That is because data released by BettingOdds.com has revealed that Spurs, who will face Dinamo Zagreb in the last-16 of the Europa League later this month, have successfully gained £50.45million in player sales since the beginning of the 2016/17 campaign.
That has happened because the north London outfit, according to the study carried out, have sold £159.75million worth of talent for £210.2million, leaving them £50.45million in profit.
In football, hindsight, of course, can be a wonderful thing, as nobody knows just how a player’s career will map out after leaving a club. Sometimes they become the next big superstar or they become a flop and nothing other than a distant memory within weeks of their departure.
In the last five seasons, Spurs have been successful when it has come to receiving solid transfer fees for players. As well as gaining not far off £20million for Eriksen, who has seen since his career go backwards since joining Inter Milan, Spurs have also received sizeable fees for the likes of Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier in recent years.
Walker, according to Transfermarkt, was sold for £47.43million and Tripper joined Atletico Madrid for £19.8million.
Whilst those two have attracted two of the biggest transfer fees Spurs have earned in recent years, it is actually the sale of Kevin Wimmer that is the most impressive. When he left Spurs in the summer of 2018 to join Stoke City, the Potters, according to the data provided, paid £17.46million for his services.
Now, the defender, who is currently on the books of Karlsruher SC, is valued at just £1.35million, meaning that is a difference of £16.11million. Of course, nobody could have predicted how Wimmer’s career would have mapped out since leaving Spurs but it has certainly been a winner for the club in a financial sense.
But whilst the overall picture is impressive for Spurs, with only Liverpool and West Ham United in the Premier League boasting better profits in terms of potential player sales for the last five years, they have suffered a blow in regards to Jan Vertonghen’s departure.
In each football.london Tottenham bulletin, we’ll bring you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans.
You won’t miss a thing – you’ll get all the Spurs news you need right to your inbox. We’ll also send special newsletters when big stories break or there’s a special event happening.
And with the January transfer window now open there’s plenty of content to get your teeth into.
How do you sign up?
It’s easy and only takes seconds. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article – or any article in the Spurs section of football.london in fact – labelled ‘Get the biggest daily stories by email’ and click ‘Subscribe’.
And that’s it, you’re all set. If you decide later you no longer wish to receive the emails, hit the unsubscribe link in the newsletters – but we don’t think you’ll want to. For more details, click here.
The Belgian left the club last summer and joined Benfica following the expiry of his contract. That, of course, meant he left the club on a free transfer. Now, though, following a successful first few months in Portugal, the centre-back is valued at £9million.
In conclusion, Spurs have earned more money over the last five years through potential player sales than just two other Premier League clubs.
That, therefore, means that Spurs will be able to view this data with a smile on their face and reflect on some solid business when it has come to letting players go in recent years. As well as that, it also means that Mourinho and former boss Mauricio Pochettino will have had more money to spend in the past than what many managers of other Premier League clubs have had to spend through profit gained.