Tottenham can’t afford to ignore City’s interest
I’ve often referred to Danny Rose as the heartbeat of Tottenham, but the reality is Spurs must consider parting with him this summer. If Manchester City are really prepared to break the bank for the talented left back, it might be the right move for Spurs to accept their offer.
In all honesty, it pained me to write that paragraph. As an ardent Spurs fan, I know just how good Danny Rose is. He’s quite possibly my favourite player in the squad.
With that being said, I can’t fault the club for listening to Manchester City’s interest in him. Reports from England claim that Pep Guardiola’s club are willing to pay upwards of £50 million for the England international. If that’s the starting point for the negotiations, Daniel Levy at least has to engage City in negotiations.
Spurs fans have to accept that paying for a new stadium is going to affect the club’s transfer policy for the next few seasons. It will give the club an immense financial boost in the long run, but it’s going to cause Levy to pinch pennies during the next several windows.
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Selling Rose could certainly ease the potential financial burdens. Note, that I’m not saying £50 million is enough. Instead, I believe the transfer fee would need to get in the range of £70 and £80 million to tempt Mauricio Pochettino’s squad into a sale.
Tottenham would need to net at least £50 million to make the move worthwhile. If Rose is going to be sold, Spurs would need to purchase a replacement. Ben Davies is a fine backup, but he isn’t ready to take over a starting role for a Premier League title contending side.
Levy would need to spend a minimum of £20 million on a replacement. At that price, Manchester United fullback Luke Shaw could be a real possibility. It might not be quite enough for Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon, but it might be in the ballpark of the required fee. The point is, selling Rose doesn’t just provide the club a financial windfall. There are costs associated with the sale.
Selling Danny Rose to Manchester City might feel disgusting to Spurs fans, but it might be the right financial move for the club. I hate typing that, but it’s the truth.