Everyone knows that Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are arch-rivals in North London, but a new report has gone on to show exactly how far this hatred goes.
Daniel Levy is one of the toughest negotiators in world football, but it appears this is not limited to getting the best deals for his club, but also the worst for Arsenal.
Dick Law now claims that when Spurs were selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Daniel Levy attempted to slip in a clause that said Los Blancos could not sell to Arsenal (Goal).
This was around about the time that the Gunners were trying to sign Mesut Ozil from the Spanish giants.
The move for Ozil reportedly almost fell through due to Daniel Levy’s work, but, in the end, Real Madrid managed to secure the Bale signing and the Mesut sale that window (Mirror).
A nice try from Levy, but I’m sure it will make the chairman even more popular in Tottenham at the moment.
Law said (Goal): “Jose Angel had told Ivan (Gazidis) that Levy had called him and said the one last condition of the Bale deal was Madrid couldn’t sell any players to Arsenal.
“Ivan’s response was that Levy was bluffing because he’d already spent the Bale money. But he still said to me that we couldn’t take a chance and asked if I could get from Munich to London to be in the directors’ box because Tottenham were starting to think something was going down.
“So, I got a flight at 11 am, changed on the way and when I walked into the directors’ box I saw Franco Baldini and Levy and they asked what I was doing. I said it was the derby, I wasn’t going to miss it.”
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