Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy reportedly could have appointed Roberto Martinez over Nuno Espirito Santo for as little as £1.5 million this summer after allegedly speaking with the Belgium manager about a potential move.
The Spurs chief was on the hunt for a new face in the dugout for a lengthy amount of time over the summer after sacking Jose Mourinho midway through last season.
A host of names appeared on Levy’s list before he eventually settled on former Wolves boss Nuno at the end of June.
It was previously reported that Levy had also been in talks with former Everton manager Martinez over the vacancy in North London, and the Spaniard was interested in making a move back to club football.
At the time, the Spaniard was concluding his Belgium side’s preparations ahead of the delayed Euro 2020 tournament and put the Spurs links to bed to concentrate on the national team.
Martinez led the Red Devils to the quarter-finals of the tournament, losing to eventual winners Italy.
His contract with Belgium is up at the end of the season, and it has now surfaced that he is in the running to replace an underfire Ronald Koeman at Barcelona.
Sport have reported on this Barcelona link, claiming that Martinez can be bought out of his Belgium contract for just a £1.5m release clause, something that Spurs seemingly could have done in the summer.
Spurs Web Opinion
The links to Martinez over the summer certainly split opinion, with many Spurs fans expressing their discontent with him potentially ruling the dugout.
Many seem to recall the disappointing and frustrating spell he had at Everton and were ultimately put off by that fact.
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