It’s sounding increasingly persuading that Daniel Levy is worried about Tottenham’s financial state after the coronavirus financial crisis that is likely to affect football clubs up and down the country.
If the Premier League decides to cancel the season, we are bound to see clubs make big calls in the transfer market to make amends for a huge loss of broadcast revenue, which would follow a season cancellation.
That said, no-one is saying the season will be canceled. It just seems like an unprecedented mess at the moment because nobody knows what’s going on.
According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will sanction the departure of Harry Kane to Manchester United for a world-record fee of £200m because of financial worries.
Levy has apparently made it clear that Spurs would agree to let Kane leave this summer.
Tottenham are reported fearful of the financial repercussions of the current lockdown more than any other Premier League club because they’re still paying for that stadium of theirs.
It says a lot that Spurs were among the first top-flight clubs to furlough non-playing staff despite the negative publicity it attracted. Liverpool followed before making a u-turn.
However, putting valuations on players during these times seems idiotic, especially in this case as it’s possible that clubs will demand less for top players.
Kane, who has been out since January with a hamstring injury, also suggested that it might be time to leave Spurs if they aren’t going to be winning trophies.
Rather interestingly, Dimitar Berbatov, who previously moved from Spurs to United, said (as per the Metro): ‘I see a lot of similarities in the situation I went through and what is happening with Kane at the minute.’
This puts Spurs manager José Mourinho in a bad position, with his chairman willing to see his best player leave for a domestic rival, and that’s likely to cause friction between the pair.
The £200m transfer fee being touted is crazy — especially when United are already likely to pay over £100m to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.