Chief executive accuses Tottenham of being disrespectful in transfer negotiations

Tottenham Hotspur have been accused of being disrespectful and unfair during negotiations for the transfer of Manor Solomon, with Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergei Palkin revealing he has been discussing the agreement since October, to no avail.

Having seemingly signed Manor Solomon on a free transfer last summer, Tottenham probably thought they were getting a very good deal

The club were able to take advantage of FIFA’s rulings that allowed non-Ukrainian players who were contracted to clubs in the country to be able to terminate that contract and move on for free, due to the ongoing conflict with Russia.

Unfortunately, the move hasn’t worked out for Spurs and Solomon so far, with the Israeli winger managing just five Premier League appearances — with two assists — before succumbing to a serious knee injury.

Manor Solomon
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Shakhtar Donetsk may take Spurs to court over Manor Solomon

Still, ever since the switch, there has been talk of Shakhtar Donetsk hoping to receive some kind of compensation from Spurs, but that hasn’t happened. And now, the club are looking at taking legal action against the Lilywhites.

Chief executive, Sergei Palkin, told ESPN: “Since October, we have been diligently engaged in negotiations with Tottenham. But finally, Tottenham has not acted in a manner that reflects the principles of fairness and equity. In this situation, we feel a sense of disrespect from Tottenham.

“If you go deeply in my feelings during these months we have negotiated. Actually, we would like to appeal to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to act in good faith and uphold the shared values of the European football family to find a fair way to compensate us in this transfer, what we are talking about.

“They offered something but it is not even serious what they offered. It is something like peanuts to show they are ready to give something but this is not comparable with what they received. A club like Tottenham cannot behave like this. It is a top, well-known worldwide club and to behave like they are doing is very strange.”

As for what Shakhtar actually want, Palkin added: “We negotiated with them for many months, we respected them and we didn’t ask for some kind of huge amount. We didn’t even ask for money. We said give us a sell-on fee for the future.

“When you receive a player free and this player is worth €20m — the transfer market always undervalues players — it means something. It means we developed and invested in this player.

“You should respect our work. If we all say we are one football family and after that, you receive a player for free and don’t pay attention to our side, it is not fair. For me, 20% or 30% would be fair value in this situation.”

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If Spurs had paid anything for Manor Solomon, it would have been a waste of money at this stage. I would seriously consider selling him if we can. But, I do think we should give Shakhtar some kind of sell-on fee.

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