Liverpool was seriously considered a move for Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son before the spurs managed to beat Arsenal in the race to secure champions league game time. According to a website football. London reported that Liverpool was looking for a potential replacement for Sadio Mane who had the possibility of leaving this summer.
Article also stated that the Merseyside was also looking at a potential replacement for Mo Salah. At that moment Mo Salah had 12 more months according to his current contract. Daniel Levy took the role of chairman back in 2001, which makes him the longest-serving chairman in premier league.
Levy is the chief negotiator in the transfer of players for Tottenham. He has acquired a reputation for tough negotiation in the club’s transfer dealings. Sir Alex Ferguson even described negotiating with Levy for the transfer of Dimitar Berbatov as “more painful than my hip replacement”.
Liverpool knew Levy’s rigidness especially when they were targeting Tottenham’s, main man. So the club from Merseyside was ready to splash the cash and test Tottenham’s resolve to keep the 29-year-old.
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Levy also maintains a modest wage structure at Tottenham when compared to the other big clubs of the league. Spurs spent the least on wages among the top 6 clubs in the 2018–19 season. They also accounted for the lowest wage percentage according to revenue generated.
Maintaining tight finances has avoided a disaster like Barca by miles for spurs. The season of 2017–18 saw Tottenham raking up a profit of £113 million (£138.9m pre-tax). This revenue generation has had a tremendous effect on the club’s valuation. The club which was valued at around £80 m in 1998 was valued at between £1.3–1.8 billion by 2019. This is a significant improvement in the space of two decades without big marquee signings.
Tottenham wouldn’t have entertained these advances despite the option to cash in on one of their big names. However, Liverpool is very unlikely to take any interest in Son as they signed Luis Diaz as a potential replacement for Mane. Furthermore under Antonio Conte Spurs have improved significantly and with the champions league in hand, we can see the best versions of these players.
Conte enjoys a good relationship with Son as well as with other players since he took over as the head coach. Even though Liverpool may’ve finalized the deal, Conte wouldn’t have approved the sale as he considers the South Korean international as a key part of his strategy.
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