If we are to emulate clubs like Spu** then we have to sell players at some stage when the value bidder exceeds their worth to the team. I trust Pelle and Husillos if they sell Diop for 65 million to know of a defender at 24 million who can come in and do a good job.
Ultimately I trust Pelle and Husillos - it’s the dude owning the chequebook that I don’t trust. Can you imagine behind the scenes if Sulli wants to sell and Pelle doesn’t? First bad game for Diop or an injury and we’ll hear all about it being Pelle who didn’t want to sell. There is already stuff on social media with propaganda about the ‘loss’ we’re going to make this year and constant criticism of Lanzini in what looks like an attempt to create a desire from the fanbase to sell (imo).
If we want to emulate spurs then we need to keep our best players - that’s what they’ve done with Kane, Eriksen and Lloris (all linked with Barça and Real Madrid), they’ve also kept Son, Alderweireld, Verthongen, Rose despite all of them being linked with ‘bigger’ clubs like Man Utd, PSG etc. As i’ve posted repeatedly the key point to their success was spending a large amount of money over a sustained period. £280m net more than us over 10 years.....they may well have had some high profile sell-to-buy but they wouldn’t have moved from mid table to top six without spending so heavily.
This ‘sell-to-progress’ model is stuff of fantasy imo - there is literally no example of sustained success from it. There are lots of examples of spending more money net than your peers helping you progress though.
Keep Diop, improve the team around him.