Countless reports suggest Tottenham have equalled their transfer record of £30 million to bring in Moussa Sissoko.
But how much are Spurs really paying Newcastle for the French midfielder? An exclusive report in The London Evening Standard suggests the deal is far more complicated than it seems.
In response to Tottenham’s opening offer of £16 million on deadline day, Newcastle responded by naming their price: £30 million to be paid in five instalments £6 million.
The Evening Standard suggests Spurs will abide by Newcastle’s wishes, but the instalments will stop when Sissoko leaves White Hart Lane, whether that’s before the end of his five-year contract or not.
£6m a year for 5 years and if Sissoko leaves the payments stop – you couldn’t be more Daniel Levy if you tried. pic.twitter.com/H5JzlkPv16
— Kaj (@THFC_Kaj) September 1, 2016
That means if Sissoko stays with Tottenham for three seasons, until he is 30, Spurs will have only paid £18 million for him. And they could still make much of that back by selling the player.
Many will be quick to praise more shrewd business by chairman Daniel Levy, but Everton were likely offered a similar deal. Newcastle were keen to get another want-away off the books.
What do you think? More smart business by Levy? Or is £6 million a year still too much?