Times report Chelsea forced to pay massive hike on £11m Tottenham deal as talks underway
By Richard Parks
Chelsea will be forced to pay way above Tottenham’s £11million deal if they want to play at Wembley while Stamford Bridge is redeveloped, according to a report.
The Times claim the Premier League champions are in negotiations with the Football Association about playing at the national stadium when they temporarily move out of their current home in 2021.
It is said that the £11million rent charged to Tottenham for this season will be dwarfed by what the FA want Chelsea to pay as the governing body play ‘hardball’ in discussions.
The Times report that Chelsea are now considering alternative options within the M25 corridor, including Twickenham and the London Stadium.
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Given the boardroom animosity between Tottenham and Chelsea, it will fill the Spurs hierarchy with delight that their bitter rivals are being forced to accept a huge rental hike if they want to play at Wembley for a season. Tottenham have overcome their early teething problems at the national stadium, which automatically energises opponents due to its history and prestige, to perform well at home in recent months. £11million rent for the campaign has proved to be decent value while the new White Hart Lane is built. The thought of Chelsea paying a much higher fee is a delicious one for fans long used to being blown out of the water by the riches of Roman Abramovich.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have agreed terms to sign up a midfielder in a deal which Daniel Levy shook hands on two months ago.