Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergey Palkin told ESPN that the club was in talks with Tottenham Hotspur to receive compensation for Manor Solomon. The 24-year-old Israeli joined Spurs on a free transfer in July after taking advantage of a FIFA law allowing foreign players in Russia and Ukraine to unilaterally terminate their contracts following the outbreak of war in the region.
Shakhtar is one of the clubs that has faced these changes, but its protests have been rejected by FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Solomon was under contract with Shakhtar until the end of 2023, meaning Tottenham had to pay a transfer fee for him. However, Palkin is optimistic that Shakhtar will get some money directly from Spurs.
⚪️ Shakhtar CEO Palkin insisting on a compensation package for Solomon deal with Tottenham.
"We paid €6.5m and I don't believe this is huge money for a club of Tottenham's level. No profit needed but I believe it's possible for them to cover these losses", he told ESPN. pic.twitter.com/V5wpbeTVgX
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"We've had conversations with Tottenham," Palkin told ESPN. "I hope and believe that we will find a solution. Right now it's quite early to say anything specific because we're halfway through these negotiations." Palkin is aiming to receive the €6.5 million ($6.81 million) Shakhtar paid Maccabi Petah Tikva for the winger in January 2019. "We want to cover our losses," he added. "It's not big money for Tottenham. We paid 6.5 million euros for the player and I don't believe it's huge money for a club of Tottenham's level, for a club that participates in the Premier League. I believe these losses can be covered. I'm not trying to generate any kind of profit. I believe we will find a solution. I don't know if we will get 6.5 million euros but I believe we will find a solution. From an image standpoint, they don't need these kinds of cases."
Palkin added: "This kind of case smells not so good because when you sign a guy like that who has to leave for 20 million euros, it's wrong. We played a good friendly, they were open with us, they helped us so I feel good about them, we have good relations with Tottenham and I believe these relations will help us find a good solution. I believe that in a maximum of two weeks, a solution will be found."
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