Tottenham Hotspur have slapped a hefty transfer fee on the head of Victor Wanyama this summer, according to a report by The London Evening Standard.
It is claimed Spurs are looking for £17m for the Kenya international, amid discussions being held between the Premier League outfit and Club Brugge.
The Belgian outfit are keen on taking the midfielder on a permanent deal, but they are not prepared to splash that amount of cash on the 28-year-old, with it being claimed they are looking to spend around £8m on him.
A season-long loan is also thought to be an option, but Wanyama’s wages of £65,000-a-week would be considered a stumbling block for Brugge.
Wanyama is believed to have instructed his agent to find a new club for him this summer (Football Insider). However, it appears Tottenham could be about to make it rather difficult for him to seal an exit away from north London, despite the club being happy to allow him to depart.
It does not come as a surprise that the Kenya international is looking at his options though, as he has fallen down the pecking order under Mauricio Pochettino in recent seasons. The additions of Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele will not have helped his chances of playing regular first-team football either.
Having spent £63m on the France international, Ndombele has already made a telling contribution to Spurs this season. According to the stats compiled by WhoScored, the 22-year-old has already made eight tackles and three interceptions in his two Premier League appearances, whilst he has provided one goal, one assist and two key passes in those matches.
Injuries have certainly played their part – Wanyama has missed 47 matches since the 2017/18 campaign – and has not yet featured for Spurs so far this season either (Transfermarkt), which, perhaps, highlights the club’s happiness in allowing him to leave this summer.
Indeed, the 52-capped international midfielder has looked far from his best in recent years as well, as Craig Burley and Rudd Gullit have both been critical of his performances in recent matches – both men slammed the 28-year-old for his contribution in their first-leg defeat to Ajax in the Champions League last season.
However, Tottenham asking for £17m for a player that does not appear to be able to get through a full season would seem to be asking for a little too much.
Because of that rather poor injury record and noted decline by the pundits, there would be doubts about whether Wanyama would provide value-for-money for buying clubs as there would, perhaps, be a rather big element of risk and £17m is a sum that would be considered, by many, too large to gamble with.
Wanyama clearly looks as though he needs to leave Tottenham this summer if he is to play regular first-team football this season, though Spurs would appear to be making it rather hard for him to go after slapping the £17m fee on his head.
Club Brugge do not appear ready to part with that amount of cash, and it might be difficult to see anybody else do so considering his injury record, so the Kenya international might have to stay put in north London should the club decide not to lower their demands.
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