There must be something in north London that insists on football clubs keeping all their money tucked under the mattress, whilst those all around them are spending money like it’s going out of fashion.
Tottenham Hotspur fans have long been torn between loving and hating Daniel Levy, with the Spurs chairman’s ability to squeeze pennies out of every deal a blessing and a curse – Levy held up the Lilywhites’ sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid as he tried to insert a clause that prevented Los Blancos selling Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, in the same summer; although not successful, it gives you an insight to just how shrewd and clever Levy can be.
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— Patrick (@patcoughlan_) August 29, 2017
The latest move from Daniel Levy will see Tottenham’s fanbase lean to the ‘loving’ side of the scale, with the impending arrival of Serge Aurier from Paris Saint-Germain all down to the Levy.
The right-back’s move was always going to be a difficult one, with work permits issues going to arise thanks to the last time Aurier was in the UK and the France international decided to assault a police officer. Levy foresaw the hang-up and therefore inserted an exclusivity clause into the deal with the Ligue 1 giants, meaning that PSG could only negotiate with Tottenham whilst the work permit issue was ongoing and trying to be sorted.
And this proved to be one of Levy’s more shrewder decisions, as Chelsea made a late move for Aurier after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turned them down for Liverpool. However, Antonio Conte’s team were politely informed their hands were tied.
Spurs look like they will get this one across the line in time, and in Aurier they look like they’ve upgraded on Kyle Walker. And for half the price. Classic Levy.