Pochettino claims Tottenham cannot compete with Manchester clubs in transfer market

The Manchester clubs – unlike others in the Premier League – can buy who they want and when they want, Mauricio Pochettino has said.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino spent over £90m in the transfer market.   -  Getty Images

Tottenham cannot compete with Manchester United and Manchester City in the transfer market, according to boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Pep Guardiola's Premier League leader spent in the region of £220million in the most recent transfer window as it completed an overhaul of the playing squad.

United, behind City only on goal difference, invested close to £150m on Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof as it continued its recent trend of massive pre-season spending.

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Spurs, by contrast, spent just over £90m and ended the window with a profit, having sold Kyle Walker to City for close to £50m among a number of departures.

The club is also directing huge investment in the construction of its new stadium on the site of White Hart Lane, which is due to be ready for the start of next season.

But Pochettino says there is a marked difference between the way the Manchester clubs are able to spend and how others must be more cautious.

"The difference these days between clubs in the Premier League is that there are clubs, like City and United, who sign who they want and when they want," he told beIN Sports.

"Then there are big teams, like us, who sign when we can and who we can. It's the big difference today."

Spurs, which are five points behind City and United in the table after seven matches, host Bournemouth on Saturday.

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