On the Harry Kane deal, Tottenham may need to use Nuno Espirito Santo’s bargaining abilities again.
Despite keeping Harry Kane during the summer, Spurs still have a lot of work to do with him.
Daniel Levy has a reputation as one of the fiercest negotiators in football. When it comes to transfers and contracts, the Tottenham chairman is reputed to be obstinate and unyielding, and this trait has been on display recently.
Spurs had a tumultuous summer, with Nuno Espirito Santo eventually taking over as manager following a long hunt for Jose Mourinho’s replacement.
The Portuguese coach was joined by Fabio Paratici, the new director of football, and four new players.
But the transfer window will be remembered for the one that didn’t happen: Harry Kane’s long-awaited move to Manchester City.
Levy stayed firm, and with three years remaining on Kane’s contract, he took advantage of the situation.
While many pundits and fans believe Spurs would have been better off cashing in on Kane, they all agree that Levy is a savvy businessman.
Another piece of evidence has recently surfaced to support that claim.
According to The Athletic, Levy was the driving force for the appointment of Nuno earlier this year.
Spurs did at least insulate themselves against the appointment backfiring by taking considerably longer than expected to find a manager after an intensive search that included just about every possible coach on the market.
That’s because, according to reports, Tottenham may sack the 47-year-old midway through his two-year contract without having to pay any compensation if he fails to finish in the Premier League’s top six.
Levy certainly wants Nuno’s tenure as manager to be a happy, long, and successful one, but he’s also planning for the possibility that it won’t be.
On June 8, 2018, he did something similar with Kane. That was the fateful date on which Kane signed a six-year contract with Spurs, sabotaging his hopes of joining Man City this summer.
Levy does not frequently speak to the press, however he did give an insightful interview to the Evening Standard in 2019 in which he described his ideology.
“Who is the best negotiator?” “I believe that is simply false,” he stated.
“No, there isn’t anything like that. You have the ability to be decent, fair, and difficult. I don’t believe anyone can claim to be the best.
“I’m sorry, but I’m unable to assist.”