Spurs ready to relax stringent wage structure

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Daniel Levy

According to the London Evening Standard Tottenham may be prepared to relax their stringent wage structure if they qualify for the Champions League for a third successive season.

Spurs finished third in 2016, second last season and are on course for another top-four finish – even though they have had to play home matches at Wembley this season and all despite the clubs
self imposed restrictions.

Harry Kane’s is said to be the top earner and his basic salary is thought to be about £100,000 a week, although the deal contains substantial performance-related bonuses.

The article describes how the clubs priority is to secure new contracts for Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen who earn about £65,000 and £70,000 per week respectively, as the pair are heading into the final two years of their agreements.

However a host of key men are also in line for pay rises, including Kane, Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen.

News broke on Tuesday that chairman Daniel Levy collected more than £6million in the financial year 2016-17 raised eyebrows among players and their advisors, as well as supporters facing significant hikes in season-ticket prices when Tottenham move into our new £800m stadium next season.

The article adds how Levy’s pay jumped from £2.84m in 2015-16 to £6.013m in the following 12-month period, which is thought to make him comfortably the highest-paid executive in the Premier League. It is believed the figure did not include Levy’s annual wage alone, but also performance bonuses and a back-dated pay rise.

The clubs wage bill is about £127m, the sixth-highest in the top flight and with contract talks around the corner the article adds that, that number is likely to rise, with Son and Eriksen set to be early beneficiaries.

It goes on to say that Son is happy at Tottenham but has been prepared to wait until the end of the campaign before extending his stay there and Eriksen has long been admired by Barcelona and Juventus but neither club are likely to present the sort of fee that would make Levy stop and think.

It goes on to say that Pochettino wants to improve the squad in the summer and, with clubs believing Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose may be available, there are set to be changes in defence.

Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon has attracted interest from the club for a long time while centre-back reinforcements will be sought should Alderweireld move on, as is expected.

The club looked at Harry Maguire 12 months ago, before the defender joined Leicester from Hull for £17m however Leicester would likely demand a much higher fee.

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