Spurs have title ambitions
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has been told winning the Premier League title is now the club’s target after a summer of big spending.
Tottenham have broken their transfer record three times this summer and have spent over £100millon, making them the league’s biggest spenders so far.
Gareth Bale’s proposed move to Real Madrid is funding some of these transfer fees, but club chairman Daniel Levy is expecting big returns on his investments, the newspaper claims.
Although the squad, with seven new players in it, will take time to gel, it is a team with enough superstars in it to challenge for the title.
Their first big test of the season comes in the North London derby this afternoon, and it is clear that Spurs want to beat Arsenal to the top four this season. However reports suggest, Spurs want more than that.
A source close to the club told Sunday Mirror Sport: “The top four is the priority this season and it will take the manager at least one month to get his new squad fully settled.
“But the club haven’t bought all these players just to try to finish above Arsenal every year. Once they settle in, the ambition is to challenge for the title.”
Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela have all broken the transfer record at White Hart Lane this summer with Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches and Christian Eriksen also making the switch to N17.
But Villas-Boas may not be done there, with the Portuguese gaffer wanting to buy Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao, Real Betis forward Alvaro Vadillo and Zenit St. Petersburg forward Hulk before the transfer window closes at 11pm tomorrow, according to the newspaper.
The former Chelsea boss won’t be too annoyed if those players don’t arrive though, with the Mirror source suggesting he is just thankful that Spurs managed to get new signings before finally letting Bale go.
The source added: “There were a number of reasons why it was important to sign the players before selling Gareth, the main one being that we needed time to replace him.
“But there was also the fear that clubs would push up transfer fees as soon as the Bale money had come in and the wage demands of players would also have increased.”