Feyenoord manager Arne Slot has been told he ‘has to go’ to Tottenham if they approach him this summer, but it could require a record-breaking fee to lure him away from the Dutch club.
Daniel Levy is currently looking to bring in a new manager ahead of next season, as well as a new Director of Football, in a time of significant change for Spurs.
Slot has certainly been a resounding success at Feyenoord, so it will be interesting to see if he puts his money where his mouth is.
Indeed, the Dutch giants currently find themselves eight points clear at the top of the Eredivisie and on track to lift their first title in six years.
As a result, the 44-year-old has gained widespread attention and is thought to be on the radar of several European clubs.
This includes Leeds, who tried to appoint Slot after Jesse Marsch was sacked in February.
However, while the highly-rated manager turned down a switch to Elland Road, he could be more tempted to head to Tottenham this summer.
Spurs told to pay €25m fee for Slot
These thoughts are echoed Dutch journalist Valentijn Driessen, who thinks Slot should move to Spurs if given the opportunity.
However, he adds that Tottenham could be forced to pay a €25m (approx. £22.1m) compensation fee to lure him away from Feyenoord – which would be the highest fee paid for a manager in Premier League history.
Indeed, this would beat the current record held by Chelsea, who paid £21.5m to take Graham Potter from Brighton in September.
Nevertheless, Driessen thinks that if Tottenham do pay up, Slot would find it impossible to turn down the opportunity
“Slot will leave at the end of the year,” Driessen told Feyenoord Pings, via Sport Witness.
“Slot has given his word to all of Feyenoord, because he just signed a contract.
“It says that he will be Feyenoord’s trainer until 2025 and will only be allowed to leave in 2024 for a limited transfer fee.”
“Imagine Tottenham willing to pay 25 million for him, then Feyenoord might be willing to talk. He has to go to such a club, not to Leeds United or Crystal Palace. They are also in the market, but he cannot play the football he wants there.”
Indeed, after guiding Feyenoord towards a league title after a six-year drought, Slot could potentially be the man to help Spurs finally challenge for trophies again.
Levy has plenty of names on his radar, though, including Brendan Rodgers, Vincent Kompany, Will Still and Luis Enrique, so it will intriguing to see whether he takes an expensive punt on Slot or not.