Giovanni dos Santos has signed for Villarreal and 50% of the transfer fee will go toward the coffers at White Hart Lane.
Giovani dos Santos has completed his move to Villarreal from Real Mallorca in a switch that sees him leaving one team relegated from La Liga to join one recently promoted back to the top flight of Spanish football.
Dos Santos was hot property after an excellent 2013 where he almost dragged the Balearic Island side to survival practically single-handedly.
But what do Spurs fans care what their former flop is getting up to?
It isn’t like Dos Santos ever really had an impact at White Hart Lane.
In his four years at Tottenham after a €6 million move he only managed to make very little impact; less than he probably did at Barcelona. In fact the playmakers most impressive times came away from the club whether at Ipswich or Racing Santander; or on international duty with Mexico.
But this summer plenty of teams wanted to snap him up with Valencia, Real Betis and Atletico Madrid all keen; as well as an offer to be closer to his Mexican homeland with the Los Angeles Galaxy were all said to be on offer.
But he may have one last impact on his former club.
When Tottenham sold the playmaker to Mallorca it was an arduous process.
The fact is the club is cash-strapped and had to be inventive in their approach to Spurs for a player who still clearly carries some weight due to the early ‘wonderkid’ tag he was labelled with.
So in order to talk Spurs round into accepting a €1 million offer last summer they gave Spurs a caveat for the deal; retain 50% of the selling rights of the next transfer fee Mallorca receive for the 24-year-old.
It would have been an excellent and clever little deal from the Spanish outfit had they have stayed in La Liga; but they didn’t.
Now dos Santos is looking to make a move away from the club to continue playing at a higher level and Villarreal have paid for the privilege.
But Spurs will take half of whatever the Yellow Submarine play for the player.
It is not going to be a massive amount of cash and it isn’t going to probably bring in a big new player but it is better than nothing.
It could be enough to bring in a young player, pay a salary for a season or just reinvest into the squad.
As they say; every little helps.
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