New £15m Tottenham deal has big implications for Chelsea - Times
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham’s £15million Wembley decision will have significant implications for the stadium plans of their bitter rivals Chelsea, according to a report.
The Times claim the Premier League leaders are hopeful of following Spurs’ lead by reaching an agreement to move into Wembley during the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge.
But it is said that Tottenham’s announcement on Friday that they will delay by a month a decision on whether they will play their home matches at Wembley next season has a cross-London knock-on effect.
The Times report that Chelsea’s preference is to play home matches at the national stadium during the three years when Stamford Bridge is being built.
West Ham’s London Stadium has emerged as the only credible alternative, due to logistical difficulties over Twickenham, Emirates Stadium and Spurs’ outright refusal to share the redeveloped White Hart Lane.
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Chelsea want to move to Wembley as early as the start of the 2018-19 season, although that deal is complicated by Tottenham’s plan to move to the national stadium for one season during the final stages of their own redevelopment.
Spurs confirmed on their official Twitter account that they have struck a deal with stadium chiefs to extend the original deadline of 31 March by a month until 30 April.
White Hart Lane officials want to be convinced the building work is on track at their new stadium before committing to a temporary move to Wembley.
Tottenham declared their intention remains to start the 2018-19 season at their redeveloped 61,000-seat ground.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 31, 2017
Until they are comfortable with the building timetable, Tottenham will keep open the option of spending next season at White Hart Lane, which would delay by a year both their rent of Wembley and their first campaign at the rebuilt stadium.
Despite the widespread assumption that this will be the final year at the ground that has been home since 1899, the club have not said publicly that is the case.
Football site Squawka claim that Spurs chiefs would need to pay £15million in rent to host games at Wembley in 2017-18 while White Hart Lane is redeveloped.
Tottenham are preparing for their Premier League trip to Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday, which is a 3pm kick-off.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the London giants have won the race to sign a 32-goal striker who has taken the league by storm.