Tottenham could be set to pocket some extra money this summer as a result of a 50% future sale clause they hold on midfielder Marcus Edwards.
Edwards left Spurs to join Vitória Guimarães in 2019 after deciding to get regular first-team football outside of England.
That is something he has found in Portugal, where he has established himself as one of Guimarães’ star players and managed 12 goals and 12 assists in 72 games for the club so far.
He’s regularly been linked with a move to a bigger club and indeed the Premier League, where Tottenham, Manchester United and West Ham have all been named as suitors at various points.
Those moves never happened, but every time it was made clear that any transfer was heavily dependent on a 50% future purchase clause Tottenham still held.
They’ve continued to insist it is a thing ever since, and that could be interesting given Edwards is now being eyed by Sporting Lisbon.
A Bola report today that Sporting are ‘already trying’ to sign Edwards this summer, and the two clubs have already ‘started the first talks’ to make a deal happen.
Those talks are in the ‘embryonic phase’ at this moment in time, although it’s felt a deal may be hard given what Guimarães will want and Sporting’s reluctance to ‘not go crazy’ in terms of an asking price.
They’re looking to keep things low, and there’s a possibility that they could include a player, either on loan or permanently and or give Guimarães a future purchase option.
There’s no direct mention of an asking price, but the newspaper does reference Transfermarkt, who currently value Edwards at €13m.
That’s not to be sniffed at, and this whole deal is surely one they’ll keep an eye on, with that 50% clause looking likely to pay off two years after Edwards’ exit.