Tottenham are set to relax their infamously strict wage structure if they qualify for the Champions League again this season, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim that Tottenham have over-performed compared to their top-six rivals, finishing third in 2016 and second last season, despite paying less money to their players.
They’re currently on course to finish above Arsenal again this season, and claim a top-four spot and that could have major ramifications as they prepare to move into their new stadium.
The report claims that Tottenham’s priority is two deals for Christian Eriksen and Heung-min Son, who are on £65,000 and £75,000 respectively.
Eriksen is said to have been courted by Juventus and Barcelona, but the report claims the attacker – currently on £3.9m a year – would not be offered a package by these clubs that would make Levy worried.
However, other players will also benefit from the wage increases, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen named as likely beneficiaries.
Tottenham’s wage bill is £127million, currently the sixth-highest in the Premier League.
Football Insider verdict:
This comes on the back of a huge pay increase for Daniel Levy, whose salary jumped from £2.84million the 2015/16 season to £6million in 2016/17. He’s now the highest-paid executive in the Premier League but the bombshell that Spurs could be set to relax their wage structure can only be good news for Spurs fans. Immediate beneficiaries are the current crop of Tottenham stars but the knock-on effects could be huge, with Tottenham able to compete on a more level playing field with the other Premier League giants.
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