Tottenham sign Yves Bissouma - Spurs enjoy summer head start over Arsenal and Man Utd
Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Brighton & Hove Albion defender Yves Bissouma after the Mali international agreed a four-year deal with the North London club. In a deal worth a reported £25 million (€29m), the central defender becomes the third signing of the summer window for Spurs, who now joins the club following the arrival of Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan and Fraser Forster from Southampton on free transfers.
We are pleased to announce the transfer of Yves Bissouma.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 17, 2022
Welcome to Spurs, Yves!
Indeed, Tottenham may have clinched a final-day top four spot in the conclusion to this season’s Premier League campaign, but Antonio Conte & Co. certainly aren’t resting on their laurels ahead of an equally important summer transfer window. According to the Times, Tottenham want to bring in four more players after Bissouma, which may include Everton striker Richarlison, Middlesbrough youngster Djed Spence, Dynamo Kiev central defender Ilya Zabarnyi and former Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen.
— Transfermarkt.co.uk (@TMuk_news) June 14, 2022
Tottenham aren't waiting around in this summer transfer window to get the players they want pic.twitter.com/BbqKqTKX3L
Still chasing their tails - Arsenal and Man Utd make slow summer start
What makes this dynamic push for new players even more impressive is that when we compare Tottenham’s strategy with that of their main rivals for fourth place next season - Arsenal and Manchester United - it showcases a club that are being pragmatic and definitive in bagging their transfer targets, while their rivals continue to struggle to tie big deals down.
Indeed, so far in this current transfer window Mikel Arteta and his backroom staff have only managed to tie down two minor deals in goalkeeper Matt Turner and right winger Marquinhos, while the club’s search for a new No.9 to replace Alexandre Lacazette is only just getting started. The North London club have been linked with moves for Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus and Raphinha from Leeds United, but so far there hasn’t been any real progress made on either front. Which is certainly worrying for a team that currently has no strikers in their first team roster.
To no great surprise, Man Utd have also been just as slow in their attempts to add new additions to a lacklustre squad which has lost no less than five first team players to expiring contracts. New manager Erik Ten Hag knows that he needs full-backs, central midfielders and probably more firepower in attack, but to date rumours about Jurrien Timber, Frenkie de Jong and Christopher Nkunku remain little more than that. The Old Trafford club have yet to sign a single player this summer and, like Arsenal, are already falling well behind Spurs before a ball has even been kicked.