Pau Lopez has got a busy weekend ahead of him.
Friday night sees the Euro U21 final between Spain and Germany, although Pau isn’t expected to start, at midnight Tottenham’s clause to buy him runs out, and on Sunday he’s getting married.
Spanish newspaper AS say Tottenham won’t use their €7m buying clause, but that’s not the end of it for the Premier League club. Having already paid €600k to loan Pau, Tottenham now have to pay a further €500k.
The €500k penalty was written into the contract in the event Tottenham didn’t pay the clause or didn’t come to another agreement with Espanyol.
Paying the €500k takes Tottenham’s Pau Lopez spend, on fees alone, to €1.1m.
Pau now has a year left on his contract at Espanyol, and the Barcelona club will try to get him to extend. AS say Tottenham’s final offer didn’t go above €2m, plus a percentage of any future sale.
There’s every chance Tottenham will return to Espanyol towards the end of the transfer window and try another offer, in the hope that Pau will have then already knocked back a renewal.