The Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern were celebrating in the Transfer Tavern this weekend after Harry Kane signed a new 6-year contract with the club, and they are hoping Daniel Levy will continue his positive work with a bargain acquisition.
With the futures of both Harry Kane and Mauricio Pochettino secured and the move into the new stadium on the horizon, it appears that Levy is laying the foundations for a successful future in North London. Keeping the pivotal figures who have enabled Tottenham to establish themselves as a top-four club in recent years is a crucial component of the club’s aim to continue their progress through a period of upheaval, but they will also need to add further quality to their ranks to compete for silverware.
Although Spurs have plenty of options in attacking midfield positions, Levy would be wise to continue to live up to his reputation by signing Xherdan Shaqiri (valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt) from Stoke City this summer. Levy is widely regarded as a stubborn and pragmatic negotiator who knows how to drive a hard-bargain, and in Shaqiri he has an opportunity that is simply too good to miss.
According to The Guardian, Shaqiri’s release clause is somewhere in the region of £12-13.5 million, which represents a pittance in the current economic climate which is characterised by inflated fees and extortionate wage demands. It’s worth remembering that Pochettino already has an array of attacking midfield players at his disposal, but Shaqiri’s versatility to operate in a number of positions would make him a fantastic squad player for the club.
With dazzling dribbling, incisive passing and deadly free-kicks to bring to the table, Shaqiri could blossom into a fine wide player for the Lilywhites in the years to come if Pochettino can help him to improve on the progress he has made in the Premier League thus far.
Considering Tottenham were forced to play the hapless Mousa Sissoko in attacking midfield last season to cover for injured players, there’s no doubt that the club would improve by signing Shaqiri, so Levy should continue his transfer market tradition and secure a cut-price deal for the Switzerland international this summer.
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