Tottenham have profited enormously from Daniel Levy’s ability as a world-class negotiator and decision-maker.

That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after the 59-year-old celebrated his 20th year at Tottenham last Thursday.

Tottenham’s annual wage bill was £181million according to their last set of accounts, at least £50m less than every other member of the ‘Big Six’.

Earlier this week, this site revealed that Spurs would not take up the option to buy on-loan striker Carlos Vinicius for Benfica’s £38m asking price.

While Vinicius has not set the world alight in North London, these calculative decisions have kept the budget down and been a hallmark of Levy’s two-decade reign.

It is these shrewd negotiations as well the move to the 62,000-capacity stadium in 2019 that will define Levy’s legacy, claims Maguire.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Spurs are the most profitable club in the history of the Premier League and that is down to Daniel Levy.

“He’s very good at extracting value for players, he’s a very good negotiator and he’s very good at dealing with agents. That is reflected in Spurs’ wage bill being substantially less than the rest of the clubs in the big six.

“From a financial point of view, he has been essential. The move to the new stadium has really been his baby. I think that will be his legacy in years to come. Whether that will be converted into trophies, only time will tell.”

Levy could see his Spurs side win their first trophy since 2008 if they defeat Manchester City in the League Cup final in April.

They are currently 8th in the Premier League table, six points outside the enormously lucrative Champions League spots.

In other news, a pundit suggests the Spurs dressing room might not look too favourably on Jose Mourinho’s favouritism of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min.