Tottenham caught up in transfer row with Shakhtar Donetsk over Manor Solomon after capitalising on Fifa loophole | The Sun
TOTTENHAM do not expect to pay any compensation for freebie Manor Solomon – despite the claims of Shakhtar Donetsk's chief executive.
Solomon, 24, arrived at Spurs for nothing in July after capitalising on a Fifa rule permitting foreign players in Russia and Ukraine to suspend their contracts after war broke out in the region.
The Israel star was contracted to Shakhtar until the end of 2023, meaning Spurs would have had to have paid a fee had the legislation change not existed – albeit a small one as there was only six months remaining on the winger's deal.
Shakhtar supremo Sergei Palkin said he is optimistic his club will receive some cash from Spurs and claimed to have held conversations with Tottenham's director of football administration and governance, Rebecca Caplehorn.
Palkin told ESPN: “We had conversations with Tottenham, with Rebecca. We agreed she will send propositions.
“We are now in, let's say, a negotiation process with them.
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“I hope and I believe we will find a solution. At this moment, it is quite early to tell something specific because we are on the way in these negotiations.”
SunSport understands there was a conversation in the boardroom between Spurs and Shakhtar officials during the pre-season friendly between the two sides at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 6.
That exhibition, in which Harry Kane netted four goals before leaving for Bayern Munich, was arranged to raise funds to support the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
Yet Spurs believe the matter to be dealt with and do not expect to pay anything.
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They see the issue as a matter for Shakhtar and Fifa, rather than for Tottenham.
Palkin is hoping to recoup the £5.6million Shakhtar paid Maccabi Petah Tikva for Solomon in January 2019.
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