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THFCSPURS19

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Tottenham targeting move for Fulham loanee Manor Solomon​


Tottenham Hotspur are exploring a deal for Manor Solomon, after a FIFA ruling confirmed that he will be able to leave Shakhtar Donetsk on a free transfer this summer.

The Israeli winger, who has been playing for Fulham on a 12-month deal after suspending his contract at Shakhtar last year, will leave the Ukrainian club this summer following the ruling, which was confirmed on Monday.

Fulham would like to secure him to a permanent deal and Tottenham are at the front of the queue if he does leave Craven Cottage, although no decision has been taken yet, and he will have other offers.

Solomon’s Shakhtar contract expires on December 31, 2023, and the 23-year-old was due to return to Ukraine in the summer after his temporary stay at Fulham.

However, FIFA ruled on Monday that all foreign players based in Ukraine or Russia will be able to suspend their contracts again for a further year, which Solomon intends to do. Once his contract is suspended, his agreement with the Ukrainian club will lapse at the end of the year and he will therefore be able to sign for a new club for no fee.

FIFA first made the temporary ruling in March 2022, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This was extended in June last year for a further 12 months, and has now been extended again. Shakhtar said on Wednesday that this decision means the club “stands to lose up to €80million in possible transfer fees”, a decision that “threaten(ed) our very existence”.

In a statement, FIFA said: “In order to protect foreign players and coaches who have left the territory of Ukraine or Russia due to the conflict and who do not wish to currently return in view of the circumstances, those players and coaches will have the right to unilaterally suspend their employment contracts with clubs affiliated to the Ukrainian Association of Football (UAF) or the Football Union of Russia (FUR) until 30 June 2024, provided that the clubs are duly informed of the suspension in writing by 1 July 2023.”

Solomon’s availability has alerted clubs across Europe. Tottenham are currently leading the chase and are working on a permanent deal. If he arrived he could be the first signing of the summer for Spurs, as they try to re-energise the squad after a difficult season. Although no deal has been completed yet and Spurs are set to face competition from across Europe.

Fulham nearly signed Solomon on a permanent deal last summer. The club came close to agreeing a €7.5million ($7.6m, £6.4m) fee for his transfer, according to Shakhtar chief executive Sergio Palkin, however after FIFA’s ruling was extended last year, the permanent deal was not finalised and Fulham instead signed Solomon on a one-year ‘free loan’ instead. Shakhtar sought damages from FIFA at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but were unsuccessful.

Shakhtar CEO Palkin said on Wednesday that Shakhtar “will continue” their legal case with FIFA, having submitted a complaint to the European Commission as well as preparing an appeal to the Swiss Federal Court.

Palkin also criticised FIFA’s decision to allow Ukraine-based foreign players to suspend their contracts last year. “Many international players then left the Club on free transfers,” he said. “The over-reaching measures applied by FIFA led to massive loss of player transfer income and a depletion of essential Club revenues. We believe the extension of Annex 7 continues to place clubs like FC Shakhtar in Ukraine in a seriously disadvantaged position with zero protection and threatens our very existence.”

Solomon has made an impression at Fulham, despite a difficult first season in the Premier League. He made his debut from the substitutes’ bench against Liverpool on the opening day of the season, only to suffer a knee injury the following day in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

He returned after the World Cup and made an eye-catching impact. Scoring in five consecutive matches across February and March. Three of those goals came as a substitute and his three successive strikes in the Premier League saw him become the first Israeli to score in as many consecutive Premier League games since Ronnie Rosenthal for Liverpool in 1992. He would make four Premier League starts in total, amid competition from Willian, and his overall return has been five goals from 23 matches in all competitions.

In March, Fulham boss Marco Silva admitted that Fulham would need to be ready to fend off competition to sign Solomon on a permanent basis in the summer.

“We have to be ready, not to lose him, but we have to be ready for the competition in the market if it appears,” said Silva.

“It was a decision we made as a club. Now we have to be ready to face it. Simple as that. In that moment we tried to sign him permanently. For many reasons, which is not important to talk about now, it was not possible.

“It can’t be a drama for us. We knew from the first day what can happen. We tried. I tried my best to sign him permanently in that moment. And now, it is what it is.”

Tottenham conclude their 2022-23 campaign against Leeds on Sunday while Fulham travel to Manchester United.
 

THFCSPURS19

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Here is an article from an Israeli outlet a few days ago which wasn't really picked up.


Tottenham decided to add Solomon, negotiations began​

First publication: due to the update of the law in FIFA according to which the star can terminate his contract at Shakhtar unilaterally, the Londoners who will be able to join him for free have expressed interest. All details​

Manor Solomon received quite a gift from FIFA. The Israeli winger, who came to Fulham at the beginning of the season on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk without receiving anything for him, will be able to unilaterally suspend his contract with the Ukrainian club and in fact move to any team he wants for free.

It seems that there is already a club jumping on the bargain. ONE learned for the first time that according to sources in England, Tottenham will be the team that the Israeli will join this summer, when they are in negotiations with him and have decided to add him. The free departure of course opens many doors for the star, since the Premier League
 

wiggo24

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He's an okay player and imagine it means Danjuma will be leaving but even if we were in a position to be making signs (which we aren't, without a DOF or Head Coach), we should still be aiming much higher.

Absolutely stinks of an opportunistic bargain purchase, as always.
 

Darth Vega

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Great find from our Director of Football! I'm sure he'll be perfect for our new manager's system.
 

EssexSH27

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Apart from that run post WC where he scored a bunch, Fulham don’t seem that impressed and see him more of an impact sub.
 

wiggo24

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What's most shambolic about this (assuming it's true) is that he'd be replacing Danjuma, who is literally perfect evidence of why you don't go for opportunistic signings just because they're cheap, because they won't even play so the money spent on them still isn't good value regardless.

Levy never learns.
 

THFCSPURS19

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What's most shambolic about this (assuming it's true) is that he'd be replacing Danjuma, who is literally perfect evidence of why you don't go for opportunistic signings just because they're cheap, because they won't even play so the money spent on them still isn't good value regardless.

Levy never learns.
Wasn’t that Paratici?
 

snakehipsspurs

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I suspect he’s being bought as an asset to sell. Sort of player you’d send straight out on loan/play only in the conference league and try and get £10-15mil for him next summer from another club.

Just feels so weird to be buying players now though. No joined up thinking anywhere at this club.
 

Nick-TopSpursMan

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Looks a really talented player. Quick, good dribbler, low centre of gravity and already showed he can cause problems for teams.

He was very highly rated at Shakhtar when both us and Scum were tracking him, so we’ve clearly been watching for a long time. Had some great games in the CL for them including scoring a superb goal against Madrid.

Missed the first half of the season with an injury but then had a good period from Jan-March. Has struggled for starts because Willian has been excellent but Fulham fans don’t want to lose him and he’s clearly got a lot of ability.

On a free transfer, it’s zero risk and gives us a potential Son successor, while freeing up budget for the defence and midfield which we desperately need. If it doesn’t work out, we sell him for a profit down the line and look for a Son successor when we’ve hopefully got a bigger budget for that.

My single biggest issue with this is the fact we have no DoF or Manager, so how can we coherently build a squad?

But we aren’t just moving for him because he’s free, we’ve clearly tracked him for quite a long time.

People want us to rebuild and reenergise the squad, we may have to look at some free transfers in certain areas to do this.
 

THFCSPURS19

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I want Levy out as much as the next person buttttt…

1. There are more people in our recruitment team than the DOF. We made like 3 or 4 hires in the past year that have made the news. Are they meant to sit around and do nothing?
2. We have to do work on summer transfers (like other clubs will be doing) or we will be absolutely fucked. Of course the new DOF and manager should approve them though.
3. No where does it say we are definitely signing him.
 

Impspur1

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As each day go by I understand our club less. No DOF (as far as we are aware) no manger and we are making signings 🤷‍♀️
 

Impspur1

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Looks a really talented player. Quick, good dribbler, low centre of gravity and already showed he can cause problems for teams.

He was very highly rated at Shakhtar when both us and Scum were tracking him, so we’ve clearly been watching for a long time. Had some great games in the CL for them including scoring a superb goal against Madrid.

Missed the first half of the season with an injury but then had a good period from Jan-March. Has struggled for starts because Willian has been excellent but Fulham fans don’t want to lose him and he’s clearly got a lot of ability.

On a free transfer, it’s zero risk and gives us a potential Son successor, while freeing up budget for the defence and midfield which we desperately need. If it doesn’t work out, we sell him for a profit down the line and look for a Son successor when we’ve hopefully got a bigger budget for that.

My single biggest issue with this is the fact we have no DoF or Manager, so how can we coherently build a squad?

But we aren’t just moving for him because he’s free, we’ve clearly tracked him for quite a long time.

People want us to rebuild and reenergise the squad, we may have to look at some free transfers in certain areas to do this.
I get all that but it’s not zero risk, we already have a bloated squad of players bought for different mangers that we can’t shift.
 

Hercules

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Anyone knocking this potential free signing is nuts. Guy is a good player, with the potential to be very good. He is very technical, good 1 on 1. Great energy. Anyone forgotten few years ago Pep wanted to sign him?
 

Impspur1

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Anyone knocking this potential free signing is nuts. Guy is a good player, with the potential to be very good. He is very technical, good 1 on 1. Great energy. Anyone forgotten few years ago Pep wanted to sign him?
I don’t think anyone’s knocking him as a player, just how/why we are doing so without the guy who is supposed to pick him.

Isnt he similar to Gill?
 
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