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Michael Dawson: 'Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford player sales'

Dawson: 'Spurs cannot afford player sales'
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Former defender Michael Dawson says that Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to sell any of their best players during the summer transfer window.

Former defender Michael Dawson has suggested that Tottenham Hotspur have more chance of keeping their best players rather than the club spending vast amounts of money in the summer.

Spurs have just ended the season in third place in the Premier League, but boss Mauricio Pochettino allegedly wants to make a £150m overhaul of his first-team squad to boost the club's chances of ending a decade-long wait for a trophy.

However, Dawson - who spent 10 seasons at Spurs before joining Hull City in 2014 - does not think that the club's hierarchy will want to hand the Argentine significant funds ahead of next season.

The 34-year-old told talkSPORT: "Man City are, in my opinion, untouchable. They've got an unlimited budget that the owners keep ploughing it in, it's not a problem for them. So for teams to catch them - how hard is it going to be? Are Spurs going to be able to catch them? I'd love to see it.

"It's finances; are Daniel Levy and Joe Lewis going to want to spend that kind of money? In my opinion I don't think they are. You hear Mauricio Pochettino and he is getting frustrated. I think the main aim for him at this time is make sure you keep those players you've named (Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli).

"There's talk about Toby Alderweireld [leaving], who I think is a top, top player, give him his wages. Give him what he's worth. Otherwise if one goes, it's a roll on effect where they all think 'well, he's gone and he's gone."

Spurs may be restricted in the transfer market this summer due to the cost of the club's new stadium.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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