Journalists provide alternate theory as to why Arne Slot to Spurs collapsed

Jack Pitt-Brooke and Charlie Eccleshare have suggested via The Athletic that Arne Slot might have simply been using Tottenham’s interest to get a more lucrative contract at Feyenoord.

Until Thursday morning, it seemed like Arne Slot‘s move to Spurs was inevitable, with reports indicating that Feyenoord had become resigned to losing their head coach to the North London club (Football Insider).

However, the situation changed suddenly, with the Dutch coach now thought to have agreed on a new contract at De Kuip (Fabrizio Romano).

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90 min reported soon after the deal collapsed that Feyenoord demanded compensation of £17.5m for Slot as well as his assistants, which Tottenham had no intention of paying.

Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan also suggested something similar to talkSPORT, claiming that even though the 44-year-old had his heart set on a move to Spurs, Feyenoord dug their heals in and demanded considerable compensation in an effort to keep him at the club.

However, Pitt-Brook and Eccleshare have proposed an alternative ‘theory’, remarking that talks might have not been as far along as reported by some outlets.

Instead, they state that Slot’s main goal from the start could have been to leverage Spurs’ interest to earn a bigger contract with his current employers.

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We might perhaps never know for sure why exactly the deal collapsed but it does appear as if Slot did want to move to Spurs but the North London club did not want to be held to ransom by Feyenoord, who were, in turn, determined to do all they can to stop the Dutchman from leaving.

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