Micky van de Ven clause could see Tottenham Hotspur pay £9m if Premier League form continues
According to German outlet SportBILD, via Sport Witness (h/t Express), Tottenham Hotspur will pay VfL Wolfsburg £8.6million for Micky van de Ven if they qualify for the UEFA Champions League this season.
The 22-year-old Dutchman signed for us in July with a £43million pay package agreed between Spurs and Wolfsburg. Tottenham paid £34.4million up front.
But the rest will have to be paid to the German giants if Spurs continue their good form and qualify for the 2024-25 UCL group stages. It could potentially see five teams from England make the cut.
We are currently top of the Premier League table after an unbeaten start to the season, with 20 points from eight league matches.
Van de Ven, alongside James Maddison and Son Heung-min, has been one of our best performers this season. The left-footed centre-back is solid in the air, confident on the ball, and aware of his surroundings in defence.
It should not be a problem
There isn’t a lot more you can ask from a 22-year-old central defender. As for his clause, it shouldn’t be a fee Daniel Levy and co. mind paying, given how crucial and lucrative Champions League qualification is in itself.
The report adds that the clause would have anyway been factored in when the fee was agreed upon. It shouldn’t be a surprise addition to our transfer books.
We didn’t pay a small fee for Van de Ven, but it still seems like a bargain for many reasons. He is already a very good centre-back capable of playing every week in the starting XI — which he already is under Ange Postecoglou.
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But he is also young and at an age where he has a lot more to learn. Playing alongside a FIFA World Cup winner like Cristian Romero can only do him good. We could have sorted our defensive pairing for the next 5-6 years easily if both stay put in N17.