Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino claims that club chairman Daniel Levy holds all the power over transfers in north London, adding that only Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp are given free rein in the market.
The Argentine hasn't seen a new face arrive at the club since Lucas Moura's move in 2018, but it's understood that Tottenham are now closing in on a double deal for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele and Leeds United winger Jack Clarke.
"At Manchester City and Liverpool, Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp are free to decide which players they want and which ones they do not," Pochettino said, quoted by The Daily Mail.
"It is imperative that this year we strengthen the team. We saved a lot of money in almost two years without signing and that should allow us to strengthen ourselves well."
Tottenham have been linked with a number of other European stars throughout the summer transfer window so far, but most seen to only be mentioned as passing comments.
Celta de Vigo striker Maxi Gómez, Real Madrid'sDani Ceballos and even Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon have been tipped with moves to north London, but they don't appear to be far along in talks with any players apart from Ndombele and Clarke.