Mauricio Pochettino stated earlier this summer that he wanted to add a player with pace and power to his wide options at Tottenham Hotspur, with a £30 million deadline day signing of Moussa Sissoko facilitating this wish.
The former Newcastle United man looks set to be a Plan B from the bench for Spurs, with the Argentine trainer initially preferring the technical abilities of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela to the Frenchman’s power.
However, given the considerable fee that the North London side splurged on Sissoko, it is only natural to assess who else they could have had for the same price.
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Sadio Mane has started the season in electric form at Liverpool after moving to Anfield from Southampton, providing blistering pace and penetration to the Reds’ forward line.
Given that the fee that Jurgen Klopp’s men paid a similar fee to the one that Spurs shelled out for Sissoko, the Tottenham faithful will be wondering why their side was not in the mix to land the Senegalese star.
The North Londoners could have offered the African wideman Champions League football, where Liverpool currently cannot.
The White Hart Lane side have already raided the Saints for Pochettino himself, Victor Wanyama and their former loanee Toby Alderweireld – Mane would have been an exciting extra addition to this list.