Arnesen talks at an impasse with Spurs and Chelsea 'too far apart'

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Tottenham Hotspur were last night threatening to break off talks with Chelsea over Frank Arnesen's move to Stamford Bridge with the two sides described as being "far apart".

Tottenham Hotspur were last night threatening to break off talks with Chelsea over Frank Arnesen's move to Stamford Bridge with the two sides described as being "far apart".

The impasse once more raises the possibility that Spurs will make a complaint to the Premier League over the alleged illegal approach for their sporting director by the Premiership champions. This could spark an inquiry similar to the Ashley Cole affair.

Discussions were held yesterday between the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and the Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon. Levy is pushing for compensation of up to £10m for Arnesen. Chelsea are believed to have offered just over £2m. At the meeting it was discussed whether or not Spurs would accept the transfer of Scott Parker to White Hart Lane in return for dropping their claim over Arnesen.

The England midfielder is aware of Spurs' long-term interest and is prepared to agree to a move to retain his hopes of reaching next year's World Cup. Parker, who is rated at £6m and who Chelsea are willing to let go, hopes to sort his future out in the next week. It had been thought that Spurs would struggle to pay his £55,000-a-week wages but if no transfer fee is involved the club may be able to accommodate his demands. The deal would appear to be a complicated solution, but Chelsea accept that it may be the only way to persuade Spurs to drop their action.

However, last night sources at both clubs were downbeat about an early resolution. Spurs said that they reserved the right to take any appropriate action - which could include a complaint or even civil action.

Spurs are also likely to insist on a period of gardening leave for Arnesen, before he takes up his post of head of youth and scouting, and a no-poaching agreement over their players.

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