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Spurs unsure on Gotze, Wijnaldum too expensive

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Spurs unsure on Gotze, Wijnaldum too expensive

Tottenham, it seems, have put Mario Gotze on the back burner, presumably over his wage demands which would make him higher paid that Harry Kane, even after he signs his new contract. That would have caused all sorts of problems as players would then be knocking on Pochettino's door asking for pay rises.

It works in Italy where the majority have a set wage and two or three 'stars' have high wages. It's a ploy they use at Napoli for instance where  a couple of years back Gonzalo Higuain was on €125,000-a-week while the majority of the team were on €45,000-a-week. You only have to look at Carlos Bacca to see how the rest of Europe see the Premier League. The 29-year-old striker is on £60,000-a-week at AC Milan, yet at a meeting with West Ham tomorrow, he will ask for £120,000-a-week.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has gone to Manchester United, Franco Vazquez (Palermo) has an agreement with AC Milan, Roberto Pereyra (Juventus) wants to stay in Italy and looks likely to join Napoli.

Georginio Wijnaldum is on our potential list, if the price is right, which at the moment it isn't. Newcastle United paid £14.5-million (€16.94m - AUS$24.77m - US$18.69m) + add-ons (which won't have been activated with relegation) a year ago and Tottenham have no intention of paying a £10-million (€11.68m - AUS$17.07m - US$12.89m) increase on that.

Wijnaldum wants the move and it is understandable Newcastle want to raise capital to reshape their squad, but he is being priced out of a move and isn't intersted in playing Championship football. The Chronicle Live, which is a local Newcastle newspaper, say Newcastle rate Wijnaldum at £30-million (€35.05m - AUS$51.21m - US$38.66m) in which case there is no chance of a move for him.

Newcastle have emphatically told him if nobody pays the asking price he has to stay and he has made it plain to Newcastle that he has no interest in playing Championship football. He should have inserted a relegation get out clause in his contract like Andros Townsend did, rather poor work by his agent.



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