Tottenham Hotspur were told that they would have to pay £250,000-a-week in wages if they wanted to sign Ousmane Dembele during the January transfer window, according to ESPN.
The report claims that Spurs decided that a deal was not realistic with star striker Harry Kane currently taking home a lesser amount of £200,000-a-week.
The winger reportedly rejected offers to leave the club near the transfer deadline, instead deciding to run his contract with the Catalan giants until the end of the season (Marca).
Barcelona boss Xavi pleaded with fans to stop booing Dembele after the Frenchman’s name was jeered and whistled during yesterday’s victory against Atletico Madrid.
The Athletic reported last week that Spurs had enquired about the availability of the 24-year-old early in the January window, but had decided against a move for the former Borussia Dortmund player by the time he was offered to the north Londoners on January 30th.
It sounds as if Dembele was offered to a host of clubs before the window closed and there has been some media spin with some reports for the player to save some credibility after failing to secure an exit from the Nou Camp.
The prospect of Tottenham paying someone more than Harry Kane would only go some way to antagonise the star man, whose future will no doubt be once again the subject of intense speculation this summer.
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