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Tottenham’s great transfer balancing act, starring Daniel Levy’s iron fist

With an £800m stadium to build and a relatively low wage ceiling Spurs face a dual challenge. The deal to sell Kyle Walker for £50m will provide money to spend but upgrading the first XI is not easy

Of all the tributes to Daniel Levy and his iron fist in the iron glove negotiating style, Sir Alex Ferguson’s is surely the most memorable. Dealing with the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Ferguson recalled, “was more painful than my hip replacement”. It should be noted, too, that Ferguson got what he wanted from Levy. Despite all the agonies, he was able to take the striker Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham to Manchester United in 2008.

Many people in the game do not get what they want from Levy. The very mention of his name can have agents and players letting out mournful signs before they launch into stories about how they thought they had a deal only for Levy to make an eleventh-hour revision to his demands.

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