Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy and director of football Fabio Paratici are not on the same page over the prospective sale of Steven Bergwijn to Ajax.
That’s according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf (via Sport Witness).
The publication reported on Monday that Paratici had reached a verbal agreement with his counterparts at the Johann Cruyff ArenA over a €30m (£25.7m) deal for Bergwijn, who has been waiting for the two clubs to strike a deal ever since he agreed personal terms five weeks ago.
Spurs paid £26.7m to sign the Netherlands international from PSV Eindhoven in January 2020, so they would essentially be breaking even.
The 24-year-old has made 83 appearances for the Lilywhites, scoring eight times and providing 10 assists.
The report De Telegraaf (via Sport Witness) stresses that the deal was not formalised, and that Levy not given his assent. He apparently has a ‘different opinion’ to Paratici, which has further delayed the prospective transfer.
Bergwijn’s patience is understood to be wearing increasingly thin as he sits in limbo, and Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar will now take it upon himself to ‘break the deadlock’ in this transfer saga.
The price itself is surely fair for Bergwijn. Spurs can’t really expect to be turning a profit when he hasn’t really made too much of an impact in N17.
He has had his moments – like when his last-gap double against Leicester City in January engineered the latest turnaround in Premier League history – but his inconsistency has seen him fall down the pecking order.
Indeed, the 24-year-old only started four top-flight matches last season, with neither Antonio Conte nor Nuno Espirito Santo particularly keen on him.
It seems that the disagreement centres around the ‘secondary conditions‘ attached to the deal – for instance, if Spurs have negotiated a sell-on clause, duly entitling them to a percentage of the proceeds from a future move, perhaps Levy is demanding a greater share than Paratici.
Only time will tell just how big a stumbling block this proves to be.
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