According to chief reporter at Sport 1, Patrick Berger, Tottenham is set to make a €45 million bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba.
When it rains in north London, it certainly pours. Transfer updates are pelting down like a monsoon, injecting excitement, apprehension, and an air of expectancy into supporters’ psyches.
Let’s, however, take a moment to temper our expectations. If the report is true, yet to be verified by another mainstream source, Bayer Leverkusen won’t simply acquiesce and let Tottenham pry their most-prized asset.
Of course, most players are for sale if the price is right.
But €45 million will not convince Bayer Leverkusen to sell. The German club’s top brass has repeatedly landed on a £50 million (€58 million) minimum baseline, which Spurs would be about €13 million shy of.
Tottenham could make up the lion’s share of the difference with add-ons, which would give this prospective bid a higher chance of succeeding.
The other question that comes to mind is if this latest fury of activity in a comparatively short time frame, like a monsoon, for example, is because the club plans on selling Harry Kane to Bayern Munich in the coming days.
It’s the only way most people believe Tottenham would free up close to €90 million to purchase two top-tier centre-backs.
Reports are also surfacing about Tottenham’s interest in Rosario Central’s Alejo Véliz, who is seen as a forward for the future.
That would put Tottenham’s potential spend at over €100 million on three prospective transfers. None of the transfers have been confirmed yet, so it is all speculative at this stage.
However, the flurry of activity makes sense if Spurs plan on letting Kane abscond for Germany.
Another school of thought suggests that Daniel Levy has finally awoken from a psychedelic trance, reaching an epiphany that the only way to keep Kane in north London is to show some ambition and surround him with elite talent in every position.
Wouldn’t that be something.
The dust will settle soon on all accords. But rest assured, a €45 million flat rate will not be enough to pry Tapsoba, considered an indispensable resource, away from Bayer Leverkusen.