Dutch football expert, Marcel Van der Kaan, has talked in glowing terms about Arne Slot’s footballing philosophy and claimed that the Feyenoord boss would love to take over at Tottenham Hotspur.
Over the past month, multiple outlets have suggested that Slot is one of the options at the top of Spurs’ wishlist to replace Antonio Conte (Daily Star).
The Times reported on Wednesday that Tottenham are looking for a young progressive coach of the 44-year-old’s profile but added that the Lilywhites might face competition from both Crystal Palace and West Ham United for his signature.
The report added that Slot was also on Brighton’s shortlist to replace Graham Potter last summer before they eventually hired Roberto De Zerbi.
Van der Kaan has now confirmed that Premier League clubs have been looking at the Feyenoord boss for a long time and added that Palace is a ‘serious option’ for him this summer.
He told talkSPORT – 13 April, 11 am: “A number of clubs in England have been following him for quite a while. Crystal Palace are, I think, a serious option for him.
“And Tottenham Hotspur, who he would also love to coach one day, if not this summer. If they do want to get him, they will have to come up with a massive amount of money.”
Van der Kaan also suggested that Slot is one of the most impressive managers he has seen in the Eredivisie over the last three decades.
The journalist described the Spurs managerial target as being ‘very similar to Pep Guardiola’ and remarked: “The way his team plays, the attacking style, is even more impressive than just getting to that Conference League final.
“I know for a fact he has had talks with Premier League clubs over the past few months. The top technical directors and boards are really doing their homework (on Slot).
“He is, in my opinion, the most attractive-playing football manager I have seen for the last 30 years in the Dutch leagues.”
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Erik Ten Hag’s relative success at Old Trafford would perhaps be a tick in Slot’s favour as it would convince the Spurs hierarchy that Slot can make the required step up from the Eredivisie to the Premier League.
However, I would still be surprised if the Dutchman is seen as anything more than a fallback option for the North London club.
I think the 44-year-old is likely to end up at Palace or West Ham this summer.
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