Tottenham could be stung by Sheikh Jassim after pulling out of deal

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Tottenham’s decision to pull out of a deal for Brighton hotshot Evan Ferguson may come back to bite them if Sheikh Jassim takes over Manchester United in the coming months. The Reds Devils are said to be keen on bringing in the 18-year-old to add depth to their front line but don’t have the money to spend this summer.

However, this won’t be a problem if the Glazers hand over the keys to the club to big spender Sheikh Jassim. The Qatar Islamic Bank chairman has ambitions of bringing Kylian Mbappe, Victor Osimhen and Frenkie De Jong into the fold and so wouldn’t flinch at Brighton’s £115m plus asking price for Ferguson.

The Ireland international grew up as a Man Utd fan and trialled for the club early in his youth career. Manchester United’s academy director Nick Cox recently labelled the teenager a “£50m-plus mistake” after the club failed to realise his talents at the time.

It is understood that United are keen to re-write their wrong and snap him up once they have sorted out their turbulent takeover situation. Losing Ferguson to United would be a massive loss for Spurs, who are in desperate need of a replacement for Harry Kane.

Richarlison has looked very poor down the middle and doesn’t appear to be the answer to their striker woes. In 38 competitive matches for the club, the Brazilian has scored just 3 goals. 

Clearly, Tottenham need to find a goal scorer and find one fast. Spurs have the money to spend from the Kane transfer but won’t have those funds forever – as is the reality of running a Premier League football club.

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Ferguson, who is currently tearing it up at the Amex Stadium, had been identified as a long-term replacement for Kane. However, according to talkSPORT,  the north Londoners have held off making an offer this summer after hearing that Brighton want more for their star striker than the £115m Chelsea recently spent on Moises Caicedo.

Not signing Ferguson this summer opens the door for United to hijack the deal once their finances are replenished under new ownership and leaves Spurs out in the cold. Erik ten Hag was restricted to a £100m budget this summer but would have far more money to work with under Sheikh Jassim.

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