Exclusive - Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has asked chairman Daniel Levy to try and sign up to five new players in order to sufficiently boost the squad for next season, though strained finances will mean the club will focus on players in the loan and free agent markets.

Spurs have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic in recent months and were among the handful of Premier League clubs planning to make use of the government’s Job Retention Scheme by furloughing non-playing staff – until public pressure forced a U-turn.

That could make strengthening ahead of next season, which is vital when the current campaign has seen them slip out of the top four, a significant challenge.

With this his first summer in charge, 90min has been informed that Mourinho is seeking as many as five new faces for the 2020/21 campaign. The Portuguese hopes bringing in that many new additions will give his squad the necessary strength in depth to compete next season.

However, in the difficult current circumstances, the club would consider three signings a relative success.

Their approach comes amid concerns over income. The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been sitting empty since March and fans may not be allowed to return in mass numbers until 2021, wiping out matchday revenue for close to a year. The fact there will also be no NFL games in London this year has meant Spurs have taken a further hit.