You might want to start saying your goodbyes to Big Vic, or at least begin putting yourself in that mental space. There are numerous reports coming out of Belgium that suggest that a deal is very close to take Victor Wanyama from Tottenham Hotspur to Club Brugge.
Yesterday, we wrote on an article that suggested Spurs were asking for as much as £17m for the Kenyan international defensive midfielder. That’s a lot of money for a Belgian club with much fewer resources. However, a report out today from Het Belang van Limburg (via Sport Witness) says that Spurs have softened their stance and that Club Brugge are considering making Wanyama their club record signing.
According to the report, Spurs are now hoping to get €12m, rising to €15m after escalators, but right now Club Brugge are only willing to go as high as €10m, rising to €12m — the club’s record signing is currently €8m. It’s also worth noting that Wanyama hasn’t come to an agreement with the Belgian side over his wages either.
And it’s not just Het Belang van Limburg — Kristof Terreur has also weighed in via his paper HLN, which lends this rumor a little extra gravitas.
Record breaker. Club Brugge and Tottenham are currently in talks over Victor Wanyama. Brugge are willing to spend a record fee - their transfer record is around €8m - for the midfielder. Spurs are hoping to get at least £11.5m (€12,5m). @hlnsport @niels_27 #thfc pic.twitter.com/NHffevat3V— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) August 22, 2019
However, it does now appear very likely that Big Vic is going to be one of the Spurs players heading out the door before the close of the European transfer window. €2m is not a large difference in valuation, and considering the trajectory of these rumors I think it’s probably very likely that we’ll see Wanyama “In Bruges” before the end of the month.