Report: Spurs could land 'fantastic' title-winning manager for around £4.4m
Spurs are reportedly eyeing Christophe Galtier, who recently won the Ligue 1 title.
However, the 54-year-old may still set Tottenham – or any other suitor – back a compensation fee.
The Frenchman recently masterminded an incredible title triumph for Lille.
He led Les Dogues to their fourth French top-flight title and first in a decade.
In addition, Lille finally ended Paris Saint-Germain’s monopoly on the title.
Galtier subsequently resigned as manager, citing the need for a new challenge.
“I am quite simply convinced that I have done my time here, that this four-year cycle is long enough for a coach,” Galtier told L’Equipe.
According to French outlet 20 Minutes, he was in advanced talks with Nice when he announced his departure.
However, new Lille president Olivier Letang isn’t planning to let him go for cheap.
“Christophe is for us, and probably for his future club, an essential asset in the successes to come,” he told RMC Sport.
“And he has a year’s contract left.
“I will defend the interests of LOSC and its entire community, as I would with the transfer of a key player.
“The recent coaching transfers to Germany and Portugal show that contracts have value.”
20 Minutes claimed that the final year of Galtier’s deal is worth around €2.5million.
However, Letang hopes to ‘sell’ him for at least double that – €5million, or around £4.4million.
Spurs would be getting a bargain – TBR View
Previous reports claimed that Galtier was a free agent, but Letang has made it clear it’s not the case.
Nonetheless, a compensation fee of around £4.4million doesn’t seem too bad, particularly for a Premier League club.
Galtier certainly has pedigree in shape of a superb Ligue 1 title, not to mention praise from peers.
Luis Campos, Lille’s former sporting director, is a huge fan.
“Christophe has all the qualities to coach in England,” Campos told Sky Sports.
“Technically he is very astute and is extremely detailed in his planning when preparing a team.
“He likes a 4-4-2 system, which would fit with the Premier League and he is a fantastic motivator in the dressing room.
“He likes to build a side with quality and youth, he is someone that can develop a team ethic, and he is also a fantastic human being.”
All things considered, Spurs would be getting a title-winning coach who seems to tick all the boxes for not very much at all.
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