Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has attempted to sabotage Arsenal’s transfer work in Spain, it has been revealed.
According to Dick Law, Arsene Wenger’s former transfer negotiator, the Spurs chief attempted to insert a clause into a deal to prevent Real Madrid from selling players to Arsenal. Levy made the attempt when negotiating the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in 2013.
At the same time Arsenal were in talks to sign Mesut Ozil.
Law recalled to Goal: “Jose Angel (Sanchez, Real vice-president) had told Ivan (Gazidis, then Arsenal CEO) that Levy had called him and said the one last condition of the Bale deal was Madrid couldn’t sell any players to Arsenal.
“Ivan’s response was that Levy was bluffing because he’d already spent the Bale money. But he still said to me that we couldn’t take a chance and asked if I could get from Munich to London to be in the directors’ box because Tottenham were starting to think something was going down.
“So, I got a flight at 11am, changed on the way and when I walked into the directors’ box I saw Franco Baldini and Levy and they asked what I was doing. I said it was the derby, I wasn’t going to miss it.”