Report: Daniel Levy turned up at Leverkusen uninvited and forced Heung-min Son talks

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Daniel Levy reportedly turned up to Bayer Leverkusen’s stadium uninvited to demand talks with Heung-min Son’s representatives before signing him for Tottenham, according to the Telegraph. 

The Spurs chairman has developed a reputation in football for his hard-bargaining and tough styles of negotiation when it comes to player transfers. 

His biggest sale was sealing a then world record transfer fee for Gareth Bale, who set Real Madrid back a mammoth £85 million fee in 2013 (BBC Sport).

Levy’s tactics have worked inverse in keeping players at Spurs, with his latest move warding off hefty interest from Manchester City in England captain Harry Kane last summer (Sky Sports).

The 59-year-old chief also played a big role in acquiring Kane’s forward partner Son, with a very direct and aggressive transfer strategy with selling club Bayer Leverkusen. 

The Telegraph has revealed Levy arrived at the German side’s BayArena unannounced to meet with Son to discuss the possibility of bringing him over to North London. 

It is claimed Levy waited until he was granted permission to talk to the South Korean by his agents and reportedly would not leave until an agreement for his transfer had materialised. 

The deal was eventually closed as Tottenham completed the signing of the then 23-year-old for a £22 million fee in the summer of 2015 (The Guardian).

Levy’s persistence has since paid dividends with Son going on to score 127 goals in 321 appearances for the club (Transfermarkt). 

Spurs Web Opinion 

Levy can often frustrate Spurs fans with some of his tactics, but he did wonders in managing to secure the deal for Son the way he did. 

Granted he could have simply been told Son was not for sale and that would have been that, but he seemed pretty adamant that he was leaving with a deal and thankfully he did, given how successful that signing had been. 

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