January 9, 2013
Montpellier’s President Louis Nicollin has been discussing the likelihood of Younes Belhanda leaving the club, and has revealed that 15m Euros will be enough to secure the Moroccan.
“I will let him leave, and I think he wants to leave as well. If they rise to 15m euros, everything will go through.”
French paper l’Equipe have jumped on this, and claimed that Tottenham have ‘begun negotiations with the player’s representatives’.
Ok. Had this happened a week ago, prior to Spurs agreeing a deal for Lewis Holtby, this would be more credible, but it would seem unlikely that Daniel Levy would double-up in the attacking midfielder position. Additionally, given the likelihood that Holtby will actually be moving to Totenham in January rather than July, it’s hard to see the need for Belhanda.
Stranger things have happened though, and the playmaker probably belongs in the same talent category as someone like Holtby – but 15m Euros for a fringe player, and someone who doesn’t naturally fit into Andre Villas-Boas’ side seems like a lot.