Tottenham blow as club chief refuses to accept free transfer and plans to ‘find satisfactory solution’

Lewis Oldham
Tottenham to sign Solomon
Tottenham are expected to sign former Fulham loanee Manor Solomon.

Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin has revealed that he is hoping to “find a solution” with Tottenham Hotspur over the signing of Manor Solomon.

The 23-year-old scored five goals in 24 appearances for Fulham as he impressed while on loan at the Premier League outfit during the last few months of the 2022/23 campaign.

Back in February, Cottagers boss Marco Silva reserved praise for the in-form Israel international.

“When a player performs well coming off the bench of course he is showing the quality that he has, how he is helping the team as well,” Silva said.

He added: “The most important thing for me, for all the players, is they have to be important for the team, from the start or from the bench, that is what I demand from them.

“But I am pleased with a player who has come from the bench in the last three games, he has scored some important goals for us, and more importantly for him because it has boosted his confidence and he is different from the other players in what he has. His one-v-one situation is really strong and coming from the left he is important.”

Last week, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano revealed that Tottenham have reached a ‘verbal agreement’ to sign Solomon on a free transfer. 

This was initially expected to be a free transfer because FIFA ruled in May that foreign players based in Ukraine or Russia will have their contracts suspended for a further year until June 2024.

Shakhtar Donetsk paid around €6m to sign Solomon in 2019 and without this ruling by FIFA, they would earn a sizable profit by selling the winger to Tottenham this summer.

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The Ukrainian side are set to face Spurs in a friendly on August 6 and Palkin has confirmed that he hopes to “have a meeting” with the Premier League club as they “simply cannot afford to lose” Solomon for nothing.

“Tottenham is an established, respected club with a big history and a huge number of fans around the globe,” Palkin told The Athletic.

“We are sure Tottenham executives understand that Shakhtar invested significant money in the Solomon transfer, investment that Ukrainian club’s in our difficult position, simply cannot afford to lose.

“We hope we will have a meeting with Tottenham representatives on the eve of our friendly match and in good faith we will find a solution to the Manor Solomon issue. The solution should satisfy both sides.”

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