Tottenham Hotspur have had their fair share of transfer near-misses in recent years, writes the HITC.
The London club have stories about almost signing the likes of Jack Grealish, Paulo Dybala and Bruno Fernandes, but perhaps the most poignant recent transfer failure for Spurs was Luis Diaz.
As the story goes, Tottenham were set to sign the Colombian in January. A deal worth £48m had been agreed, and it looked for all the world that Fabio Paratici had gotten his man.
However, a late swoop from Liverpool saw the winger head to Anfield rather than north London, and as they say, the rest is history.
It may only have been a few months since Diaz arrived in the Premier League, but it’s fair to say he’s already made his mark.
The winger has very quickly established himself as one of Jurgen Klopp’s most important players, he started both the FA Cup and the Champions League final for the Reds and he’s already proving to be an absolute bargain for an initial fee of just £37.5m.
In fact, according to CIES, Diaz’s value has already more than doubled.
Indeed, the Football Observatory’s research has led them to the conclusion that Diaz is in fact the 8th-most valuable footballer on the planet right now. With their report concluding that he’s worth no less than €110m (£100m).
The fact that Spurs could have had him for half of that price will surely leave a sour taste in the mouths of many in north London for years to come, and, of course, it’s yet another example of Liverpool’s incredible ability to sniff out a great deal in the transfer market.
We can absolutely understand why Daniel Levy was said to be ‘fuming’ when Tottenham missed out on Diaz, because he’s already looking like one of the bargains of the decade.