Tottenham Hotspur have pulled off arguably one of the bargains of the summer so far after they secured Matt Doherty’s services from Wolves for a reported £13.4 million fee.
The deal certainly represents great value for a player who is now in the peak of his career at 28, qualifies as homegrown, comes with Premier League experience and still had three years left to run on his contract at Molineux.
The Daily Mirror has now claimed that Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was far from pleased to see the right-back sold to Spurs.
The report reveals that the Portuguese coach is stalling on a new contract at the club after guiding them to two consecutive seventh-place finishes as he wants the club’s owners to show more ambition in the transfer market.
It is suggested that the Wolves boss was not happy to see the owners encourage Tottenham to bid for Doherty as he considered the wing-back to be an integral part of his side.
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I suspected that Jorge Mendes could be behind the low transfer fee given how heavily he is involved in Wolves’ dealings and the fact that he represents Doherty. However, the above report seems to suggest that the Wolves’ owners were happy to cash in on the right-back in order to fund moves for their targets.
It also does not seem like Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are going to land Ainsley Maitland-Niles this summer, with Arsenal having reversed their stance. Perhaps Wolves might not have been willing to let Doherty leave in such a hurry if they had known the Maitland-Niles transfer would fall through. Either way, Levy deserves credit for acting swiftly and snapping him for such a low fee.
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