Next Tottenham manager: Arne Slot greenlights Spurs move and prepares to bring Feyenoord’s best player
Arne Slot has let it be known he’s ‘keen’ to become the next Tottenham manager and a report has revealed his first signing could be Feyenoord’s best player.
The Dutchman, 44, has emerged as the leading contender to take the reins in north London. Slot is current in charge at Feyenoord who he recently guided to just their second Eredivisie title this century.
Slot has also impressed in Europe, taking Feyenoord all the way to the Europa Conference League final last term.
He’s viewed as a progressive and forward-thinking boss and comparable with Mauricio Pochettino at the time of his Spurs appointment back in 2014,. per the Telegraph.
Sky Sports recently revealed Feyenoord are growing increasingly resigned to losing their manager. Now, two fresh updates have shed further light on the situation.
Firstly, Fabrizio Romano confirmed Slot is a “concrete” option for Tottenham and revealed “direct conversations” between Slot and Feyenoord will take place this week.
“He’s a concrete chance for the Tottenham job,” said Romano on his YouTube channel.
“There’ll be direct conversations between Slot and Feyenoord this week to understand the potential conditions and potential compensation for him to go to the Premier League.
“Slot is the frontrunner for the job.”
Romano then stressed Luis Enrique, Ange Postecoglou and Ruben Amorim cannot be discounted from the race.
However, sources close to the trio have told Romano they believe Arne Slot is the “big favourite”.
Update from the Netherlands also talks up first signing
The second update comes straight from the Netherlands and is relayed by Sport Witness.
Algemeen Dagblad report Tottenham have ‘made it clear’ they want Slot to be their next manager. Encouragingly, it’s then claimed Slot has told Spurs he wishes to join them through his agent, Rafaela Pimenta.
With both parties keen, it’s now up to Pimenta to speak with Feyenoord and engineer a way out of Rotterdam for her client.
To do so, Tottenham may be on the hook for a sizeable compensation package. Indeed, with Slot under contract until 2025 and a release clause not activating until 2024, Feyenoord hope to collect a ‘Nagelsmann-like’ fee for their manager.
Bayern Munich paid €25m (approx. £22m) to pluck Nagelsmann out of RB Leipzig in 2021 and Feyenoord seemingly want something comparable.
That is sure to test Tottenham’s resolve, though if they do bite the bullet, Slot’s first signing as Spurs boss could be Feyenoord’s best player.
That honour falls to creative midfielder Orkun Kokcu, with the 22-year-old Turkey international in Tottenham’s sights.
Kokcu has notched 12 goals and five assists from central midfield this term and the report adds he’s a wanted man in north London if Slot signs up.
Precisely how much he’ll cost isn’t specified, though it’s rather vaguely claimed a transfer will run into ‘tens of millions’.
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