The Athletic’s James Pearce has revealed that Daniel Levy returned with an improved offer for Luis Diaz in January to try and stop the winger from moving to Liverpool.
Spurs were expected to win the race for Diaz at one point during the January transfer window (The Guardian) but it was Liverpool who managed to snap up the Colombian.
According to The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare and Jack Pitt-Brooke, Tottenham had agreed on a transfer fee with Porto for the wide man before the Reds swooped in to steal the 25-year-old from under Spurs’ noses.
Pearce has now explained that Levy had initially agreed on a deal of £38m plus an additional £12m in bonuses before the Reds swooped in.
He asserts that the Spurs chairman then returned with an offer of £50m as a guaranteed fee to Porto. However, it was allegedly too late by then, with the Colombian having his heart set on a move to Anfield.
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Unlike our failed attempts to sign Suarez and Grealish in the past, this Diaz transfer is not one that should Spurs fans with too much regret because we clearly tried our best to sign him but he simply preferred a move to Liverpool. Another silver lining is the fact that we seem to have unearthed a gem in the form of Kulusevski.
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