As the news came through yesterday that Giovanni dos Santos’ sell-on clause was about to expire, it seemed completely plausible that his miserable stint at Spurs was due to come to a close.
The deal that brought Gio to the Spurs included a clause that entitled Barcelona to a 10% rake off of any future transfer fee, but with that reportedly set to run out, Spurs are free to pocket all of the cash.
Udinese are now set to renew their interest and that things could happen very quickly. What was surprising however, was the fee quoted – £4m!
When these stories first appeared, the fee for Gio varied between £8m and £10m and after his stunning performances for Mexico, that figure seemed perfectly justifiable. If the claim is right, it begs an old question – should we cut our losses to this extent so that we can finally trim some of the deadwood or is £4m just too low for Gio?