Shakhtar Donetsk request €6.5m from Tottenham over Manor Solomon signing

Shakhtar Donetsk are looking for €6.5million (£5.6m) in compensation from Tottenham Hotspur over their signing of Manor Solomon.

Following a meeting between Shakhtar CEO Sergei Palkin and Rebecca Caplehorn, Spurs’ director of football administration and governance, however, Spurs have offered Shakhtar a sell-on fee if they sell Solomon in the future.

Negotiations are continuing between the two clubs as they look to find an agreement.

The 24-year-old signed a five-year deal with Spurs last month after joining on a free transfer.

Solomon’s Shakhtar contract was due to expire on December 31, 2023, and he was expected to return to Ukraine this summer after his temporary stay at Fulham, the club he was on loan to last season. He scored five goals in 24 appearances for the west London club.

Shakhtar offered Solomon a contract extension, but the Israel international wanted to remain in the Premier League. Palkin told ESPN in June that teams who attempted to sign their players without paying a fee would face legal action.

Solomon signed for Shakhtar from Maccabi Petah Tikva in a €6.5m deal in 2018.

In May, FIFA ruled that all foreign players based in Ukraine or Russia would be able to suspend their contracts again for a further year. With Solomon’s contract suspended, his agreement with the Ukrainian club would lapse at the end of the year, meaning he was able to join Tottenham for free.

FIFA first made the temporary ruling in March 2022, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which is ongoing. This was extended in June last year for a further 12 months and was then extended again.

Both Spurs and Shakhtar played in a pre-season friendly on Sunday, which Ange Postecoglou’s side won 5-1. A minimum of €100,000 proceeds of the game is due to be donated to the Shakhtar club community foundation for humanitarian projects in Ukraine, but it may be considerable after ticket sales exceeded expectations with over 56,000 people turning out for a game that may turn out to be Harry Kane’s farewell.

Spurs play Brentford away in their opening game of the 2023-24 Premier League season on August 13.


Tenacious dribbling and composed finishing: what Spurs could expect from Manor Solomon

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