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Bernard deal would have divided opinion at Tottenham Hotspur

Bernard deal would have divided opinion at Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur supporters are desperate to see a new player arrive at the club this summer before the window slams shut, and with less than 48 hours to go it’s becoming an incredibly nerve-racking time.

Tottenham’s transfer window has been one of the most intriguing stories of the summer so far as Daniel Levy is yet to finance a deal for a single player, despite relentless rumours linking the club with the likes of Jack Grealish and Anthony Martial.

However, a recent report from The Guardian suggests that Spurs were interested in signing the former Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Bernard on a free transfer this summer, but his £200,000 per week wage demands forced them to abandon their pursuit.

The same report claims that Everton will complete a deal for the Brazilian on Tuesday as Marco Silva continues to add genuine quality to his ranks ahead of the new season.

Levy’s approach to the transfer market has typically been characterised by his stubborn refusal to break wage structures in order to satisfy the demands of incoming talent, and the latest decision to snub Bernard’s expectations serves to emphasise the consistency of his approach.

And considering the club’s most indispensable player, namely Harry Kane of course, is earning the £200,000 per week Bernard was reportedly demanding, there’s no doubt that Levy’s attitude is absolutely spot on.

If he had compromised his typical strategy in order to bring Bernard to north London there’s no doubt that questions would have been asked behind the scenes, potentially causing detrimental dressing room unrest in the process.

The supporters would have been delighted to see a playmaker of Bernard’s technical quality arrive at the club to offer a fresh set of ideas in the final-third but, ultimately, the club’s long-term prospects and the harmony of the squad must come before the desires of the supporters.

Tottenham fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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