Tottenham had agreed terms with Julen Lopetegui before Paulo Fonseca
Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast (h/t Football.london), journalist Duncan Castles has claimed that Tottenham had agreed terms to name Julen Lopetegui as the manager before turning towards Paulo Fonseca.
Tottenham had been looking for a new manager for almost two months now, after having sacked Jose Mourinho in April. After facing setbacks after setbacks, the Lilywhites seem to have struck an agreement with Fonseca to take over as the next head coach.
However, Tottenham moved for him only after they had been dealt another setback by Julen Lopetegui. Indeed, Duncan Castles is now claiming that Spurs had reached an agreement with the ex-Real Madrid and Spain manager to take over the reins.
However, the Sevilla boss decided to walk away from the deal due to personal reaasons, which left Tottenham looking at Fonseca.
“They [Tottenham] went a long way down the line with Julien Lopategui the Sevilla coach. They had agreed terms with Sevilla to release him from his contract for £4million, the release clause in his contract and also agreed terms on a contract.
“Then for personal reasons related to family matters and because of changes brought about on movement of individuals because of Brexit, Lopategui pulled out of that deal and Tottenham then went for Fonseca.”
Lopetegui has been with Sevilla for two years now and has done a fine job. He led the La Liga club to the UEFA Europa League triumph in 2019/20 and secured a top-four finish this season.
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If true, this does not really paint the club in a good picture. It almost seems as if they have gone to Fonseca as there were no other viable options left anymore. The Portuguese will have a huge task at his hands to silence the doubters once he does take over at Tottenham.