The Daily Mail have revealed that Feyenoord would only agree to let Arne Slot leave if Tottenham behave respectfully during negotiations and pay more than £10million in compensation.
The speculation linking Slot with a move to Spurs has gone into hyperdrive over the last 24 hours, with Football Insider even reporting on Monday that the Lilywhites could confirm his appointment this week.
The publication explained that both parties are keen to agree on a deal and that negotiations between the North London club and Slot are at an advanced stage.
However, The Mail have now explained that the deal will also depend on the meeting between the Dutch coach’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta, and the Feyenoord hierarchy on Wednesday.
The report states that ‘nothing can be confirmed’ until the outcome of the meeting is clear, with Pimenta expected to negotiate the terms of the exit with the Eredivisie champions.
The outlet states that the 44-year-old has £5million release clause but that can only be activated next summer.
It is said that Feyenoord do not want to lose the 44-year-old and would thus only green-light the deal if the Premier League club conducts themselves respectfully and pay more than £10m in compensation.
Feyenoord director Dennis te Kloese claimed at the weekend that the Dutch champions have not received an approach from Tottenham for Slot to date.
He told told ESPN Netherlands: “[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.”
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I do hope that the Tottenham hierarchy do not haggle on the compensation and draw out the negotiations for a couple of more weeks if they are serious about landing Arne Slot.
We need to have a head coach in place as soon as possible so that we can press ahead with our plans for the summer transfer window for what has to be a massive overhaul of the squad and clear out plenty of deadwood.
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