'Levy has lost his midas touch' - Exclusive: Top agent slams Spurs chief over deals
A leading football agent has accused Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy of losing his “midas touch” in the transfer market.
The agent, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Football Insider that the Spurs chief has been guilty of “getting too greedy” and this has cost Spurs tens of millions of pounds over the last year.
Levy has long had a reputation as one of the shrewdest and fiercest negotiators in football while overseeing Tottenham’s transfer and contract talks.
But the agent, whose company has been involved in multiple Spurs moves as well as dozens of expensive Premier League transfers in recent times, highlighted a series of questionable recent deals.
“Take the Christian Eriksen and Victor Wanyama deals, Tottenham lost out big time.” the negotiator told Football Insider. “Levy was asking for £130-£140million for Eriksen at the end of last season, when he had a year left on his contract. It was pie-in-the-sky stuff.
“They refused to cut the price until later in the window, by which time they realised he was not quite as in demand as they hoped.
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“In the end, they had a disinterested player who went through the motions before they had no choice but to sell him in January? For, what? £16million. That’s nothing. They could and should have got £70-80million for him last summer, when he wanted to go.
“Wanyama, they were asking for something like £10million for him in January. Too much for a player who has serious knee problems.
“Teams thought he was too much of a risk at that price. Now, they’ve let him go for nothing to the MLS just to get him off the wage bill.”
Montreal Impact announced last night they had signed the Kenya international, 28, on a three-year contract after paying £117,000 to New England Revolution of the league’s stipulated ‘general allocation money’ to buy his ‘discovery rights’.
Spurs are not in line to receive a fee.
The agent highlighted other deals in recent times that were in stark contrast to Tottenham seemingly having the upper hand in the market.
“Daniel Levy rightfully has a reputation for getting top dollar for his assets. Kevin Wimmer, Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Tom Carroll, all these fringe players were sold for big money and healthy profits,” he added. “Even the Kyle Walker deal was good business, despite what’s he gone on to achieve at Man City.
“That hasn’t been the case recently. Levy’s lost his midas touch. Is he getting too greedy? Has he taken his eye off the ball with the stadium?
“You look at the [Kieran] Trippier deal. What was it, £20m? That’s nothing for an England international at his peak age.
“[Vincent] Janssen was sold at a huge loss when they should have let him go a year or two earlier.
“The Danny Rose situation doesn’t appear to have been handled too well, either. He’s another one they could end up getting nothing for.”
One area Tottenham have made huge strides in is the bottom line and they made a world-record profit of £113million after tax in their last set of financial results.