Tottenham Hotspur rejected the opportunity of discussing a potential swap deal with Juventus before the transfer window closed for Premier League clubs earlier this month.
According to the Daily Mail, Mauricio Pochettino turned down an offer from the Italian giants to exchange Paulo Dybala for Christian Eriksen.
The report claims that Pochettino was still hopeful that Eriksen would agree to a new contract and instead now faces losing the 27-year-old for free next summer.
Eriksen has under twelve months to run on his current deal in North London with Juventus and Barcelona said to be ready to recruit the Dane for free at the end of the season when he is a free agent.
Pochettino is now reported to have regretted making the decision not to pursue the offer after Eriksen has refused to enter negotiations with the club after still believing that his footballing future lies elsewhere.
Eriksen was left on the bench for Tottenham’s opening Premier League game against Aston Villa, but found himself back in the starting eleven in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Manchester City.
If it proves to be true that Pochettino risked pinning his hopes on Eriksen signing a new contract at the expense of bringing Dybala to the club, it would be an astonishingly foolish oversight not to sign one of the most exciting forwards in world football.
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