According to Sacha Tavolieri, a media personality I had never heard of beforehand, Tottenham is €3 million short on Gent’s valuation for Gift Orban.
This rumour has a myriad of aspects to address.
First, who is Tavolieri, and why is he the only source covering this substantial transfer news? Well, on that point, the Athletic wrote a piece that included Orban, albeit in a vague, somewhat cryptic way, in which nothing was discussed regarding how far along Tottenham’s negotiations with Gent are.
If Tavolieri indeed has the inside scoop, Spurs have verbally offered €27 million for the 21-year-old striker, whose ruthless finishing is the primary reason Ange wants to secure his signature.
However, the €27 million isn’t good enough as far as Gent is concerned.
They want €30 million plus add-ons.
So we’re not talking about a ton of cash, particularly in the modern game where it seems tens of millions are spent on a brand-spanking new bag of match balls.
According to Tavolieri, Tottenham is expected to submit an official bid next week to get this deal across the line. It’s peculiar Daniel Levy and his team of cronies can’t respond and immediately offer the additional €3 million plus add-ons.
Come on, we’re talking about one of the most promising young forward talents in Europe, yet Spurs can’t throw Gent a bone and immediately match their slightly increased, yet reasonable valuation.
Maybe Levy’s still waiting for the Kane cheque to clear.
Oh, and by the way, one of Levy’s stipulations to Bayern was that the German club pays a disproportionate amount of the Kane transfer fee up front and, well, immediately.
So the waiting-for-the-cheque theory doesn’t check out.
I guess waiting a few days isn’t the end of the world. After last week’s fiasco, which skyrocketed stress to an unhealthy level and caused through-the-roof heart palpitations, what’s an extra few days?
Imagine if another club swoops in at the 11th hour and hijacks the deal. But let’s not traverse into that dark and dank cave.
For now, Spurs are the frontrunners, expected to land the Gift sometime next week. That’s if Levy can find it in himself to relinquish the extra €3 million plus add-ons, which he’ll view as being raked over the coals.
He could reduce the pocket money of his four children to offset the loss.
As if Tottenham supporters haven’t already done enough waiting during the transfer window, we are forced to wait again, but only for a few days, right?
And then probably a few days more, and a few days more until, all of a sudden, the deadline looms agonizingly close.
At least we can watch Brentford vs. Tottenham in the meantime. But what are we supposed to do after that?