A new report on the situation regarding Ashley Phillips’ future suggests Tottenham could obtain the defender for as little as £2m thanks to a clause in his contract, but that will only come to fruition if no other clubs bid for the Blackburn star in the next week.
Ashley Phillips emerged as a potential new signing for Tottenham earlier this month, and it appeared the deal was all set to go through pretty quickly. However, that move began to stall, and was even at risk of collapsing entirely (Alan Nixon on Patreon).
Where the 18-year-old will be playing football next season remains to be seen, but it is believed Spurs are still confident they can get a deal over the line for Phillips despite the delays (The Athletic).
His current manager at Blackburn Rovers, Jon Dahl Tomasson, recently told the Lancashire Telegraph that he expects the player to move on this summer, but insisted no agreement has been put in place just yet.
Spurs could secure bargain deal for Ashley Phillips
According to a report in The Sun, the matter should become a lot clearer within the next week, as Spurs are biding their time to unlock a clause in Phillips’ contract which would allow them to snap up the promising centre-half for just £2m.
Apparently, if no one has snapped up Phillips by Friday 4th August, the youngster will be allowed to leave in a cut-price deal worth £2m.
Spurs hope to take advantage of this, but there is a catch – if another club make an offer before Friday, Tottenham would have to match that to remain in the race.
Blackburn, meanwhile, are hoping for a deal worth around £9.45m. The Championship side would like an initial £5m, with various add-ons and up to ten different bonus payments.
One such clause would involve Spurs paying £250,000 in the first two seasons after Phillips’ proposed move should the player appear in more than half of the Lilywhites’ Premier League games.
The same amount would be paid again if Phillips were to feature in more than half of any European competition for Spurs.
It remains to be seen whether another club will come in with a bid and scupper Spurs’ hopes of a cheap deal. Newcastle United are mentioned in the report as potential suitors for Phillips.
Spurs Web Opinion
If we can just hold out until Friday, then we are going to get ourselves a real bargain here.
Either way, Spurs are in the driving seat, because if another team did bid for Phillips we would either match it or walk away anyway, so we may as well see what happens and hope for the £2m clause to be activated.
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