One of the big questions of the offseason is what the heck is going to happen to Tottenham Hotspur’s Vincent Janssen. Vinny spent the season on loan at Turkish Super Lig club Fenerbahce last year and was a hit despite sustaining a serious injury that saw him miss significant time.
According to Turkish newspaper Aksam, Fener wants him back again on loan this season, which is great! But there’s one hang-up in negotiations — Spurs supposedly want to include a mandatory purchase clause that would ensure that he moves permanently to Turkey in the summer of 2019.
Apparently, Fener’s loan fee was €5m last season, and Spurs are willing to let him go on loan for free this season, but want a guaranteed €10m for him at the end of this coming season. That obligation to purchase appears to be an issue, as Fener doesn’t want to commit to purchasing him at this time — they’d rather rent him again for a season.
The Turkish media sometimes flat-out makes stuff up, so we shouldn’t necessarily take this at face value. Still, this feels weird to me. Fener obviously liked what they saw out of Janssen enough that they want to have him back (to again play alongside fellow Spurs striker bomb Roberto Soldado). €10m is a stupid low price for Janssen, too — that’s less than half of what Spurs paid for him in the summer of 2016. This seems like something that should be worked out fairly easily.
Thicc Vin is back at Spurs in preseason training right now while his future is being sorted, but he hasn’t appeared in any training photos, nor has he been mentioned. He’s obviously keeping his head down because he knows he has no future in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad. He seemed to do well in Turkey before the injury, and I’d like nothing better than for him and his beautiful backside to end up in a place where he can regain his scoring touch and confidence.
Hopefully something can be worked out soon.