Tottenham are interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain star Thiago Silva but may be thwarted by the defender’s wage demands, according to the Sun.
Spurs will need to sign a centre-back if Jan Vertonghen leaves at the end of his contract, a scenario that looks increasingly likely. On Monday we relayed a Football Insider story that suggested Vertonghen is one of four senior players on his way out of the club.
And the Sun claims Silva is the player Jose Mourinho wants, though Tottenham are said to be facing competition from Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton.
However, it is believed Spurs and Chelsea are both concerned by Silva’s wage demands. The Brazilian apparently earns £350,000 a week at PSG and will ask for a £10,000 weekly increase on that from his suitors.
Realistically there is very little chance Tottenham will be able to pay any player £360,000 a week in the near future, especially with the financial uncertainty caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
That said, Silva will be available on a free transfer, which means there is no fee to pay to PSG. With that in mind, clubs like Spurs could be willing to pay higher wages as they are not losing money on a transfer fee. On the other hand, Silva receiving a significantly higher salary than the rest of the squad could cause disharmony.