Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has a reputation for being one of the toughest negotiators in world football (Evening Standard).
Levy’s hardnose approach has previously been well documented with The Athletic claiming that the 58-year-old once agreed a €10million deal with Real Madrid to sign Fernando Morientes in 2002, only to call back Jorge Valdano (then Madrid sporting director) to ask him if the fee can be paid over ten instalments, which left Valdano furious and he hung up the phone and the deal collapsed.
With Tottenham feeling the financial bite of the coronavirus pandemic (Guardian), every penny saved at present is certainly a welcome boost for the club’s coffers.
The Evening Standard have claimed that Levy has once again pulled off a financial masterstroke after he successfully reduced the loan fee for Gareth Bale by £1million after his medical revealed he would not be fit for a month.
The Welshman completed his return to North London last month on a season long loan move from Real Madrid but is yet to feature due to a knee problem he picked up on international duty.
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