Reports in Italy have detailed just why Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur never came to an agreement over a deal for Tanguy Ndombele in the summer.
The Frenchman looked set for a Spurs exit after just one disappointing season in North London. It was suggested he had completely fallen out with Jose Mourinho and would be seeking a move.
Inter Milan were one of the teams who had Ndombele on their radar. However, according to CalcioMercato, the demands of Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy scuppered any potential exit.
The Tottenham chairman was adamant on a €60 million (£54.5m) fee for the Frenchman, a figure Inter were reluctant to spend.
Despite rumours of exchange deals and loan-to-buys, it appears that fee put Inter off and they swiftly moved on to Antonio Conte’s preferred choice of Arturo Vidal.
The report also makes it clear that there is no chance Inter return in January for Ndombele. The three parties are no longer in contact regarding a move, with Ndombele having played himself back into contention for Mourinho and Spurs.
Tottenham fans will undoubtedly be glad that Ndombele stuck around.
There is clearly an immense talent in the Frenchman and fans were disappointed when it looked like the club were ready to let him go.
Now, it seems he might be a pivotal figure in an impressive-looking Tottenham team under Jose Mourinho.