Tottenham have been contacted by Milan over a potential transfer for Serge Aurier, although Spurs must find a replacement first before they can sell the Ivory Coast international.
Aurier has been a regular starter under José Mourinho having been signed by his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. But despite making 33 appearances in the Premier League last season, the 27-year-old who has two years of his contract remaining is likely to be allowed to leave north London for around £20m.
Meanwhile, Danny Rose says he would be happy to see out the final year on his Tottenham contract and that he dreams of being able to make at least one last appearance in front of the club’s fans.
The 30-year-old left-back, who spent the second half of the season on loan at Newcastle, is not a part of Spurs’s long-term thinking and they would prefer to sell him to raise funds to put towards Mourinho’s transfer kitty.
Money will be tight and anything generated from Rose would be well received. Mourinho intends to persist with Ben Davies at left-back, with the 18-year-old Dennis Cirkin in line to provide cover.
Spurs tried to sell Rose last summer – he was left off their pre-season tour to Asia to allow him to find a club – only for nothing to materialise and he said last November that he had no intention of leaving before the end of his contract.
“I am very happy to stay at Tottenham and see my last 10 or 11 months out, I would love to,” Rose said on the Second Captains podcast. “There is nothing I want more than to play one more time in front of the fans.
Tottenham defender Danny Rose has opened up about his experiences of racism in every day life, revealing he was stopped by police in Doncaster last week.
Rose, who has been subjected to racist abuse while playing for England, said often is confronted by police when returning to his hometown while also suffering issues when travelling on public transport.
"It's not just football. I got stopped by the police last week, which is a regular occurrence whenever I go back to Doncaster where I'm from," he said on the Second Captains podcast. "Each time it's, 'Is this car stolen? Where did you get this car from? What are you doing here? Can you prove that you bought this car?'
"You know, for me this has been happening since I was 18, since I was driving and each time it happens I just laugh, because I know what's coming. It's just how it is. Whenever I go on the train. One of the last times I got on the train, I got on with my bags and the attendant said, 'Do you know this is first class?'. I say, 'Yeah, so what?'.
"They ask to see my ticket and I show the lady it and this is no word of a lie, two people, white people, walk on the train after me and she says nothing. I asked, 'Are you not going to ask for their tickets?' and she just said, 'Ah no, I don't need to'.
"So people might think it happens but to me that's racism. These are the things I have to put up with, being stopped all the time and being asked if I know this is first class and to show my ticket. This is everyday life for me but I feel embarrassed to even complain in a way, or bring it up, when you see the incident in America where a man, a black man, lost his life at the hands of people who were supposed to protect and serve.
"Whenever I do say things or complain, you do hear people say, 'Well you're on this money so just get on with it'. I just give up with hoping that things will change because that's some people's mentality towards racism." PA Media
“My last game for Spurs was a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool and at the time I didn’t know that was going to be or could be my last game for Spurs. I want nothing more than to play in front of the Tottenham fans one more time, just to cherish all the moments we have had over the years with them.
“They have always been good to me. I have possibly given them reasons in the past not to be so good to me, but they know when it was game time I gave everything for them. I will continue to do that as long as I am contracted to Tottenham.”
Rose has had his ups and downs at Spurs, with one of the latter coming after he criticised the club’s wage structure and transfer policy in an interview in 2017. He was fined two weeks’ wages.
“It was an expensive conversation but am I supposed to regret what we speak about in the dressing room or what the majority of the fans are thinking?” Rose said. “No. I am not going to regret that because that is what the changing room was saying, that is what the majority of fans were saying.
“I don’t regret it, maybe the timing was incorrect because I think it was literally leading up to our first game of the season so it was an unnecessary distraction for the lads, the club, so I fully take that on board. What I said, I said, I got punished for it and we move on.”