By Wayne Veysey
Daniel Levy will hand Mauricio Pochettino one of the biggest transfer kitties seen in English football if Christian Eriksen is sold for Tottenham’s valuation this summer, Football Insider understands.
As revealed by Football Insider in April, chairman Levy intends to make it as difficult as possible for Eriksen to get his wish of a transfer in this window by placing a £140million price tag on him.
The Danish playmaker’s situation will shape Tottenham’s entire transfer policy this summer and have a massive effect on the war chest available to Pochettino.
A Spurs source has told Football Insider that the Argentine manager will be handed a kitty of £50million plus whatever he generates from sales.
That will soar to £190million if Real Madrid or one of Eriksen’s other suitors match his asking price and will be further topped up by other expected big-name departures.
Toby Alderweireld has a £26million release clause in his contract, Kieran Trippier is valued at £40million by Levy and other fringe players such as Victor Wanyama, Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin NKoudou could also fetch well upwards of £20million between them.
Eriksen went public with his desire to quit Spurs by telling the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet that he wants to take on a new challenge at another club this summer and claimed “Real Madrid is a step up” from from his current employers.
Tottenham now find themselves navigating a tricky transfer situation for one of their prize assets at a time when Pochettino has delivered some thinly-veiled threats about his future.
The manager has made it clear he wants the club to back him to the hilt in the transfer market after consecutive fallow windows.