Tottenham make decision as cut-price transfer of unwanted star looms

Date published: Monday 5th April 2021 2:42 - James Marshment

Juan Foyth, Villarreal

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is ready to allow on-loan defender Juan Foyth to leave this summer – and his exit will likely be for some distance less than the fee originally negotiated on him.

The versatile Foyth penned a new contract with Spurs before going out on loan to Villarreal last October. The Argentina centre-back extended his association with Spurs until the summer of 2023. His future though in north London looks far from certain.

He fell down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho and decided to move out on loan in a bid to get some football.

The defender has made 24 appearances in all competitions in a variety of positions for the Yellow Submarine. Foyth has played as a centre-back in the Europa League, while he has been used in a defensive midfield role and at right-back in LaLiga.

However, his performances have impressed Unai Emery and they are keen sign him on a permanent deal.

“I knew Juan Foyth, I called him to sign for PSG, but he had already signed with Tottenham,” Emery told AS last month.

“He was a player that we knew well and knew that his versatility would give us a lot. That versatility and his quality is what we acquire. That’s why we signed him, and now he has given us what we expected.

“His performance has been very good, he has fulfilled all the options at a high, very high level. His versatility was what we wanted, in addition to playing as a centre-back.”

Villarreal paid Tottenham a £1.3m loan fee to sign Foyth before the summer window shut. As part of that deal, they secured an option to make it a permanent stay for a further £13m.

However, Football Insider now reports that Foyth is likely to leave for considerably less. Citing Spanish sources, they state Villarreal are working on an approach to sign the Argentine for much less.

It’s reported the tumbling value of the transfer market means Levy is likely to accept a reduced fee. Just as significantly, it’s claimed Foyth has already given the reported deal the green light.

Asked if he wanted to keep the player, Emery added: “If I would keep him? The truth is that it is something that we must wait for. But if it were up to me, yes, I would keep him with us.”

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Contract poker behind Son reports

Bayern Munich will reportedly not make a transfer raid on Tottenham for winger Son Heung-min this summer, contrary to previous speculation.

Son, who moved to Spurs from Bayer Leverkusen, has proved one of the club’s best signings in recent times. The South Korean has scored 103 goals and assisted 63 others in 270 appearances. As such, he earned his latest contract extension in 2018 under former manager Mauricio Pochettino.

However, he has gone on to form a crucial partnership with fellow forward Harry Kane. In fact, the pair recently became the Premier League’s most prolific strike pairing.

Talk has therefore surfaced that Spurs will tie Son down to another new deal. Such speculation began last year, but there has been no real movement over the extension.

As such, fresh reports have claimed that Bayern are plotting a swoop for the 28-year-old.

According to Bild journalist Christian Falk, however, the claims are ‘not true’.

Instead, the player’s agent is reportedly playing transfer poker with Spurs in a bid to generate movement over his client’s future.

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