REVEALED: Arne Slot WAS fully open to joining Tottenham – but the fee to get him out of Feyenoord escalated to £15m to startle senior Spurs figures… and relationship with his club is now strained after Rafaela Pimenta talks
- Arne Slot announced on Thursday he wouldn’t be joining Tottenham this summer
- The Feyenoord boss had recently emerged as a key managerial target for Spurs
- The level of compensation required to get him to the club startled senior figures
Tottenham were faced with paying as much as £15million to release managerial target Arne Slot from his contract at Feyenoord.
Slot released a statement on Thursday morning revealing he would be staying with the Dutch champions.
Mail Sport revealed on Monday that Tottenham would have to pay more than the anticipated £6million compensation figure to Feyenoord to land Slot.
The 44-year-old has a £6million release clause in his current deal that activates next summer, however there was an understanding Slot would have been obtainable for a similar fee this summer.
However, that figure has escalated significantly in the last few days amid tensions between Slot, his agent Rafaela Pimenta and the Feyenoord hierarchy – who convened on Wednesday for crucial talks over his future.
Tottenham were faced with paying as much as £15million to get Arne Slot out of Feyenoord
Slot was a key managerial target for Spurs, but he announced he would be staying in Holland
The Dutchman wanted to take his assistants Marino Pusic (right) and Sipke Hulshoff (left) with him, as well as performance coach Ruben Peeters if he took the job
Slot wanted to take coaches Marino Pusic and Sipke Hulsoff with him to north London if he became Spurs boss.
Sources indicated on Wednesday that the Dutchman would seek to take a third member of staff with him to England – performance coach Ruben Peeters.
Feyenoord have also been annoyed by the fact they have spent £7million on two new players identified by Slot – Ramiz Zerrouki and Thomas van den Belt – ahead of next season.
Slot’s refusal to publicly shoot-down talk of a move to Tottenham in recent days has exacerbated the strain on the relationship.
Even after Slot’s announcement that he would be staying at Feyenoord, it is understood he was fully open to joining Spurs this summer and there remains some disappointment that he isn’t joining the Premier League outfit.
It is understood the cost of extracting Slot and his team from Feyenoord this summer would have cost up to £15million – a price more than double the coach’s £6million release fee next summer.
Spurs sources insist any compensation figure to land Slot was not a factor – pointing to the fact his statement says it was always his intention to discuss a new contract with Feyenoord.
Slot, agent Rafaela Pimenta (right) and the Feyenoord hierarchy held crucial talks on his future
The escalation of the compensation required to get Slot also startled senior figures at Spurs
But the rapid escalation of the price to remove Slot from his current deal with Feyenoord has startled senior figures at Spurs.
‘I have been hearing a lot of rumours going around about other clubs’ interest in me,’ said Slot.
‘Although I am thankful, my wish is to stay at Feyenoord and continue working on what we created last year.
‘Yesterday’s meeting was exclusively for an extension. All talks with the club have always been only in that sense. I’m looking forward to next season with Feyenoord.’