According to a report by Spainish publication ABC, rumoured target Tottenham Hotspur target Lucas Vasquez is in a standoff with Real Madrid over a new contract with negotiations proving to be difficult.
Vasquez was first linked with a move to Tottenham during last summer’s window, with reports at the time indicating that the North Londoners were ready to pay €16m (£14.5m) for his services.
Speculation regarding Tottenham’s interest in the winger resurfaced again during January but the deal failed to materialise once again.
The Daily Star reported on Sunday ((28/2, p45) that Jose Mourinho wants to bring the Real Madrid star to North London at the end of the season, with Spurs exploring the possibility of landing him on a free transfer when his deal at the Santiago Bernabeu runs out in the summer.
ABC have now shed more light on Vazquez’s contract situation by revealing that Real Madrid are not prepared to offer the 15 per cent salary increase that the 29-year-old is demanding.
The report claims that Zinedine Zidane has told the club to extend the wide man’s contract but it is suggested that a new deal is unlikely unless he reduces his demands since Los Blancos are trying to trim their wage bill due to the financial impact of the pandemic.
It is reported that Vazquez would like to make a decision on his future by the end of the month and could leave his boyhood club in order to ensure that he gets lucrative terms in what could be the final major contract of his career.
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We clearly have other priorities to address in the summer and most of our transfer funds would likely be put towards strengthening at centre-back and possibly centre midfield. However, if Vazquez is available on a free transfer, that might be a tempting proposition for Spurs if the club decides to move on one of either Bergwijn or Lucas at the end of the season.
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