Tottenham are in discussions with tech giants Google over a stadium naming rights deal.
Spurs moved into Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in 2019 without a deal, with reports suggesting the club would hold off on an agreement to allow the club’s name to receive exposure in the USA due to their partnership with the NFL.
Over three years after first opening the ground, Tottenham could be about to secure a lucrative deal for the naming rights to their £1bn stadium.
The Athletic report that ‘meaningful talks’ have been held with Google over a potential deal, with the company expanding their sporting portfolio in recent years.
They have commercial agreements with MLB and the NBA, while they began sponsoring McLaren’s Formula 1 team earlier this year.
Should Google strike a deal with Spurs, then they could be adding over four further sports to this list. While Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’s obvious primary use is for football, it also hosts several NFL, rugby union and rugby league matches every year. Boxing has also taken place at the stadium, while concerts are becoming a regularity following the pandemic and return of live crowds.
Any agreement is likely to hugely benefit Tottenham financially. The club’s average annual turnover is the fifth-highest in the Premier League even before the selling of the stadium’s naming rights and chairman Daniel Levy has previously spoken of wanting any deal to be with the ‘right brand for the right money’.
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
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Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
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In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
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