Tottenham Hotspur will have to pay at least £25 million if they are serious about signing Yannick Bolasie this summer.
After weeks of speculation, Alan Pardew recently told The Evening Standard that he remained confident of holding onto the winger beyond the closure of the transfer window, thanks to the hefty transfer fee that has been placed on his shoulders.
“I am pretty confident of keeping him.
He is a player that isn’t quite polished — you only need to see him to see that. But I cannot see anyone paying an excess of £25 million because that’s what they are going to need to get him out. So, if they want to we will talk.”
For Spurs, you get the impression that their interest is likely due in no small part to Yannick’s lively performances against them in the last two seasons, where tricks and flicks have wowed fans across the country. Whilst those of us who watch him every week know his weaknesses, at Tottenham there is almost certainly a slightly false image of what Bolasie would bring to their side each week.
Tactically, his impact on our play is huge, which explains the price tag Pardew has stuck to since May, but equally, Spurs are almost sure to swerve any deal that involves such a sizeable fee. You couldn’t blame them for that, but equally, there is simply no way that we would let him go for less.
So there we are, a stalemate. Could this be the end of the Bolasie
saga for another few months? Let’s hope so.