Tottenham Hotspur will have to negotiate with Feyenoord should they wish to secure the services of Arne Slot, with the 44-year-old’s contract not having a release clause attached to it, according to De Telegraaf.
Slot is under contract at Feyenoord until 2025 and the report claims that Tottenham would have to part with around £6million if they wish to bring him to north London to become Antonio Conte’s successor.
He led Feyenoord to their first league title since 2017 earlier this month and only their second Eredivisie triumph since 1999, and continued their impressive run on Sunday with a 3-1 win over Emmen which has seen them only lose one league match all campaign.
Feyenoord are thought to be planning to offer Slot a new contract worth around £3million a year to secure their highly-rated coach amid speculation over his future. (ESPN)
Tottenham have been seeking a permanent appointment since Antonio Conte was sacked in March and former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann was ruled out of contention earlier this month.
Slot praised the Premier League during his press conference on Friday when asked about his future as quoted by talkSPORT: “I think when it comes to Holland, the next step will not be another club in Holland.
“If that is the next step, I’ve failed completely in the upcoming few years.
“So normal next step would be to go abroad, and I’ve always said that the best league in the world is the Premier League, but when it comes to Italy, you see now that there are a few clubs that are being in every European final as well.
“So there are more countries where it’s interesting to go to in the future but, the Premier League is the biggest league in the world, that is clear.”
Feyenoord are keen to keep their manager ahead of a return to the Champions League next season, general manager Dennis te Kloese told ESPN Netherlands over the weekend: “[Slot] still has a contract for two years. That has been said before and we have not been approached by any club.
“It is up to Arne to say something about that [his future]. But for us there is no ambiguity about it. We assume that he will remain the trainer of Feyenoord.
“He has a contract for two more years and this summer there is no release-clause in his contract, so we can say no if we want. And we have quite a good story here as well. Champions League next year, a lot of new players were signed last summer and they proved real good players in this team and their contracts also run for quite some years to come. So we have something here to look forward to.”
talkSPORT claimed Friday that Slot is now the frontrunner for the job in N17, along with Luis Enrique who has been out of work since departing the Spanish national team following the World Cup.
Tottenham would not think twice about paying £6million to secure Slot’s services if he is their main candidate, although, Daniel Levy could go down a cheaper route by appointing Luis Enrique who is currently a free agent.
The club need to move fast with the appointment of a new sporting director which will likely happen before the new head coach is confirmed; Spurs are already behind other clubs with their summer transfer plans considering key people need to be in position beforehand.
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