To say that Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is the toughest negotiator in the entirety of the Premier League would probably not be far off the truth – and Manchester United could well be the latest side to suffer at his hands.
The British businessman has established a reputation of bringing a no-nonsense attitude when it comes to discussions over the football club, and he will never accept a deal which is not in the north London side’s best interests – as proven throughout the years when it comes to transfer negotiations.
That might have left the Spurs faithful frustrated when they fail to sign their targets but it will also have protected the club financially, not allowing anyone to depart for less than what Levy deems an acceptable price.
It looks as though his tough stance might have worked its magic once again, with the Manchester Evening News claiming that Manchester United are readying a £55million swoop for defensive enforcer Toby Alderweireld this summer.
Now the Belgian’s future has been up in the air for some time, with a £25million release clause activating next summer which has resulted in Spurs seemingly set to cash in 12 months early and get the sort of money they expect.
However, even despite the 29-year-old’s talents, having established himself as a top quality Premier League centre back, his injuries and shaky form, not to mention the £25million price tag next summer, mean that there is no way Spurs should be able to get over £45million for his sale.
The fact Tottenham seem on the verge of securing £55million for their star man is nothing short of a miracle and is an masterstroke of business from Levy which will leave Spurs laughing all the way to the bank.