Reports in Holland suggest Feyenoord will use Julian Nagelsmann as a precedent against Tottenham should they wish to strike a deal for highly-rated boss Arne Slot. The Dutchman is now believed to be the frontrunner for the Spurs vacancy after holding positive discussions with the north London club but Tottenham still have work to do if they’re to free their top managerial target from his current contract in Rotterdam.
Slot recently guided Feyenoord to the Eredivisie title and the Dutch champions are keen to reward him with a new bumper contract to fend off interest from Tottenham.
On Wednesday, his agent Rafaela Pimenta sat down with Feyenoord CEO Dennis te Kloese in a bid to manufacture her client’s exit but after the first round of talks, it’s clear Feyenoord won’t be giving up without a fight.
That’s because Slot’s current contract, which runs until the summer of 2025, contains a release clause that does not become active until the summer of 2024 – meaning Tottenham would have to negotiate a compensation fee.
Dutch outlet Voetbal International are reporting that Feyenoord see the £22million fee Bayern Munich paid RB Leipzig for Nagelsmann in 2021 as a precedent, one which they will use during discussions.
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Both cases do not bode well for Tottenham and Daniel Levy may have to dig his hands deep into his pockets if he really wants to land Slot.
The 44-year-old tactician, who rejected a move to Leeds in February, is understood to be keen on joining Tottenham.
He recently claimed that his future should be resolved quickly as that is what’s best for all parties – whatever the outcome.
Talks will now continue between his agent Pimenta and Feyenoord on Thursday in the hope a resolution can be found.
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Meanwhile, other options remain in play for Tottenham including Luis Enrique and Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou.
Enrique is also among the contenders for the Napoli job which could become available at the end of the season when Scudetto-winning boss Luciano Spalletti is expected to depart in surprise circumstances.
Interestingly, some sources are still not ruling out a move for Naglesmann despite Tottenham recently distancing themselves from reports linking them with the German.
Tottenham briefed that they were not planning to hold talks with Nagelsmann, who was not actively being considered as part of their managerial search.
It’s thought that the former Bayern, Leipzig and Hoffenheim tactician would only consider the job if the north Londoners appoint a sporting director to support him from upstairs.
Spurs have already seen a proposal rejected for Feyenoord director Te Kloese, who is handling Slot’s future, something he recently confirmed to De Telegraaf in Holland.
“I am not going to deny that an offer came in, but I will say straight away that it did not make me consider taking things up again with the family and moving,” he said.
“I joined Feyenoord to build something beautiful – and we are doing that together.
“We are off to a great start and want to achieve even more. It would be strange to stop at Feyenoord so soon.”
Tottenham are now exploring other sporting director targets following Fabio Paratici’s departure and their shortlist is thought to include Tim Steidten and Brentford’s Lee Dykes.
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