Tottenham Trigger Sergio Aguero Release Clause, Balk At £10m Tax Bill

Chris Wright

31st, January 2011


By Chris Wright

Like the dirty flirts they are, Tottenham have reportedly stumped up the cash to trigger Sergio Aguero’s ‘buy-out clause’, only to pull out of the deal just as the juice was beginning to flow.

According to Sky Sports News, Spurs submitted a club-record £38.5 million (€45 million) bid for Aguero a couple of hours before ‘close of play’ last night – thus activating the aforementioned clause in the Atletico Madrid striker’s contract – only to balk at the additional tax payments that the prospective deal would entail.

It seems that an extra £10-13 million’s worth of tax would be due on top of the transfer fee, and neither of the three parties involved ( Spurs, Atletico or Aguero himself) were willing to settle the bill with what- or whomever Spain’s equivalent of the HMRC is.

In addendum, SSN also reckon that Spurs may have lodged bids for several other La Liga-based forwards, with Luis Fabiano, Alvaro Negredo, Diego Forlan and Fernando Llorente all rumoured to have been contacted by chairman Daniel Levy over the weekend.

You have already read 10 premium articles for free today
Access immediately the premium content with Multipass

Or come back tomorrow