Tottenham failed in eleventh hour bid for Malaga star Isco.
At the time Isco’s buy-out clause was €21m, it rises by €1m a year until 2016. Tottenham offered €12m plus Giovani Dos Santos and had their offer refused. AS claim it was this which delayed the transfer of Dos Santos to Mallorca, which was only completed on transfer deadline day.
It’s quite an in-depth report, given that it names Spurs cheif scout Ian Broomfield, and if it’s true it does make you wonder if Tottenham’s frugality holds them back. The sale of Dos Santos to Mallorca will have brought a few million in and to reach the converted buy-out clause of £17m would have been a great deal to get Isco.
AS say it’s possible Spurs could be back in come the summer when they would have to match his buy-out clause.
SOURCE: Sport Witness
Last summer, there was a wild rumour – quite possibly perpetuated by Arsenal fans – that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was running around Spain with a suitcase full of cash, trying to sign any available striker.
Given Levy’s aloof demeanor and clear ability as a businessman, the tale seemed an unlikely one but judging by the numerous reports emanating from Spain, it looks as though Levy may have been doing the same this August 31st.
It is common knowledge that Spurs failed to conclude an eleventh hour deal for Portuguese playmaker Joao Moutinho, while Sevilla have claimed that an unnamed Premier League club (it was definitely Spurs) failed in a £15.8m deadline day bid for Alvaro Negredo.
Elsewhere, Lazio forward Miroslav Klose has said Spurs tried to sign him and Brazil forward Leandro Damiao has said an offer was made by an English club for his services (again, almost certainly the Londoners).
Of course, we should not take these claims as red – and Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has already denied that the club were ever interested in Klose.
But even so, the revelations paint a worrying picture of the North Londoners’ transfer policy under Levy, suggesting the chairman is more interested in a last minute bargain than signing the right players.
It’s fairly evident that Villas-Boas wanted Willian of Shakhtar and Porto’s Moutinho, given that he tried to sign the former whilst at Chelsea and is a known admirer of the latter, but Levy failed to deliver either.
Granted, the £6m purchase of Clint Dempsey looks a good one, while the classy Moussa Dembele should prove value for money even at £15m but Villas-Boas is already showing a reluctance to play another Levy signing, Emmanuel Adebayor, which could prove problematic.
Clearly Levy is trying to keep spending at an absolute minimum while the club seeks to raise funds for a new stadium but perhaps it would be more prudent to back the manager with his chosen players, which might, after all, propel the club into the riches of the Champions League.
Serie A tickets
Compare ticket prices for all the big games in the Italian league with tixdaq. Buy AC Milan tickets, Juventus tickets, Inter Milan tickets, Roma tickets and many more with the leading ticket comparison site.