Daniel Levy is facing arguably his most decisive summer at Tottenham this summer when he will decide whether to stick or twist with Jose Mourinho. Ultimately, his hand may be forced in the coming weeks should Spurs fail to win the League Cup and lose further ground on the top-four.
The finances involved in Mourinho and his backroom staff’s potential dismissal though could be the Portuguese’s saving grace.
Levy would have to pay out up to £34.8million should he wish to pull the trigger and potential replacements are already being explored.
Express Sport understands that one of those is Mourinho’s former player at Porto, Nuno Espirito Santo.
The Wolves boss has left a great impression on the Spurs hierarchy, having guided the Midlands club to Europe following their promotion from the Championship.
There is now a feeling that he may have taken them as far as he can as Tottenham consider their options.
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With that in mind, here’s how Tottenham could look next season should Nuno end up taking over in north London…
Hugo Lloris is expected to stay at the club as his contract enters the final year, despite links to Nick Pope and Mike Maignan.
And if Nuno is to get the job, it’s highly likely we may see his favoured 3-4-3 system deployed.
That means the back three could be looking very different with Toby Alderweireld and Joe Rodon alongside Joachim Andersen.
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The Fulham loanee is of interest to Tottenham and would help strengthen their defence, which has been their area of weakness this season.
Matt Doherty would surely be delighted to reunite with Nuno and could thrive and his favoured wing-back role.
Sergio Reguilon could play on the left-side while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele pick themselves.
In attack, Spurs will be desperate to keep hold of Harry Kane, who could be set to leave should they not secure Champions League football.
His long-term contract will offer Tottenham hope they can keep him though and that will also bode well when it comes to keeping Heung-min Son.
As he did with Wolves, Nuno could capitalise on his Portuguese connections and target his former player Pedro Goncalves.
The attacking midfielder can also play wide and is currently thriving at Sporting. He would make for a shrewd addition, permitting Tottenham can clear the decks.
Potential Tottenham XI next season under Nuno (3-4-3): Lloris; Alderweireld, Rodon, Andersen; Doherty, Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Reguilon; Pedro Goncalves, Kane, Son.