Tottenham Hotspur fans have been left in hysterics over chairman Daniel Levy’s offer for Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba.
RMC Sport claim that Spurs made an offer worth €30m (£26.9m) up front, without bonuses, for the teenager.
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Arsenal had tabled an offer that reached £26.9m with bonuses but have now been forced to match Spurs’ bid as they look to acquire the defender.
Reports have suggested the Gunners had agreed to loan the teen back to the French club for the 2019/20 season, however.
Saliba enjoyed his breakthrough at the Ligue 1 club last season, making a total of 19 senior appearances at the age of 18.
And Spurs fans believe this is a win-win situation; some, of course, want to sign an exciting young defender, while others are laughing at the prospect of Arsenal spending over half of their reported budget on a player who is, at this stage, merely a prospect.
Indeed, many have taken to Twitter to laud the strategy being employed by Levy.
Take a look at the best of the reaction below!
Arsenal agreed to loan William Saliba back to AS Saint-Étienne and pay the majority of the €30M fee next summer.#thfc came along, offered to pay the fee up front and Arsenal have been forced to match it.
Daniel Levy might be my dad.
— Daily Hotspur (@Daily_Hotspur) July 15, 2019
Because if we get him we’ve signed a good player for the future with money left to spend
If they sign him levys made arsenal use nearly all of their budget on a player they won’t get till next year ?? don levy
— moussa x tanguy (@goatsissoko) July 15, 2019
— ْ (@TechnicDele) July 15, 2019
Levy, you genius ??
— Lama The Great (@LamaTheGreat1) July 15, 2019
either way now it’s a daniel levy W – again
— Tom (@tom_dean25) July 15, 2019
The end of their spending, and for a player they can’t use. Daniel is on a mad one.
— Anthony Pepera ✏️? (@otheranthony) July 15, 2019
Don Levy doing what he does best ?
— Marc (@PrinceSissoko_) July 15, 2019
So 30mil of their 45, then they’re on 15 and still haven’t signed a player to field this season. OMG LEVY YOU BEAUTY! ?
— Ladnum Rah (@Ladnum_Rah) July 15, 2019