Following on reports from Le Phoceen this morning that detail the way in which Tottenham President Daniel Levy is supposedly killing a deal with Marseille for the transfer of Georges Kevin NKoudou with Clinton N’Jie being set to go the other way, Get French Football News can reveal new details about the saga.
Daniel Levy agreed a deal for the French youth international with Vincent Labrune for €13m plus bonuses, but the moment that Labrune quit his post, Levy went back on the deal, offering around €6m plus incentives in a move that utterly shocked Marseille.
Marseille were astonished – a pre-arranged deal was then renegotiated in bad faith.
New President Giovanni Ciccolunghi was thrust into a delicate situation incredibly quickly, and appears to lack both the contacts and the nous to repair such a deal or even conduct replacement business for the club, hence the appointment of a Sporting Director in Gunter Jacob.
Paul Mitchell, who pushed hard for the signing of Nkoudou, was just as flabbergasted by the perceived unprofessionalism from Tottenham, and it is understood to be a key factor in his departure that was announced just yesterday.
Clinton N’Jie, who was part of the deal and supposed to go the other way, was training with Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.
Marseille have demanded that Levy go back to the original deal on multiple occasions, but Tottenham have so far refused.
The only thing keeping this deal at all alive is that N’Jie continues to see sense in a move to Marseille and N’Koudou to Tottenham.
We are not quite dead in the water here, but we are dangling dangerously close to the edge of the ocean.