Lyon president slams Levy but says Lloris deal could still go ahead.
Here’s what Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas had to say about Tottenhamchairman Daniel Levy regarding Spurs’s move for Hugo Lloris. It is not particularly complimentary: “We have had people speaking all night with Daniel Levy. He talks a lot and goes back on what we’ve agreed in writing.
“The things as they were at 5am were not the same at 10am. I think we have to make sure we get a certain amount of value because it’s important that Hugo can go to a quality club that allows him to do himself justice from a value point of view, so that he can feel right about it.
“At the moment we’re talking about whether he can come back to say his goodbyes to the supporters, to his team-mates, so we can honour him, this truly great player and brilliant man. I would put it at 50-50 that Hugo goes to Tottenham. Although from the outset we’ve submitted to agreements I would now put it at 50-50 that he’ll be going there.
“Agreements have not at all been respected. We’ve done what we can. Hugo has been troubled by the difficulty in these negotiations.”
Oh dear. We knew Daniel Levy was a tough negotiator but Jean-Michel Aulas’ comments suggest the Spurs supremo really does take the biscuit.
The Frenchman is not the first person to criticise Levy this summer. He has already been slammed by former Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar, Croatia coach Igor Stimac and the CEO of Ukrainian club Shakhtar.
Levy generally does good business for Spurs. He squeezed a combined £48m from Manchester United for Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick, while buying Rafa van der Vaart for £8m and selling him for £10m two years later – aged 29 – looks like a decent deal.
The likes of Kyle Walker, Aaron Lennon, Gareth Bale and Younes Kaboul also look like bargains, while Levy has got great prices for unwanted fringe-players Sebastien Bassong, Kranjcar and Gio dos Santos this summer.
But at what footballing cost does Levy’s hard-nosed business stance come?
For a start, the chairman prefers to do his business late. Spurs lost both their opening games of last season (if they had picked up just one point, they’d be playing Champions League football this season) and have lost one and drawn one in their opening two games of this campaign. Perhaps finalising transfers sooner would help Spurs start more strongly.
The chairman is also reluctant to sign players who don’t have a significant sell-on value and is fond of picking targets himself. Both these tactics could potentially isolate his manager and Harry Redknapp reportedly had a fractured relationship with Levy as a result.
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