Reports in Italy have suggested that Tottenham Hotspur tried their best to offload Danny Rose to Italian side AC Milan this summer, but fell short in their attempt.
CalcioMercato is reporting that AC Milan and Spurs were in discussions throughout the summer regarding a potential move for Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier. That will not be a surprise to most Tottenham fans. It was fairly common knowledge that the right-back was a major target for the Rossoneri but a deal was never made as Aurier proved too expensive.
According to CM, Tottenham wanted €20 million (£18m) for the player, with Milan only willing to pay €15 million (£13.5m).
But it seems Tottenham did want to flog one full-back to the Italian giants this month.
The report claims that Tottenham offered Rose to Milan as a potential replacement for Diego Laxalt, who headed to Celtic on loan.
However, Milan turned down the chance to sign Rose, preferring fellow newbie Diogo Dalot as an alternative to regular starter Theo Hernandez.
Rose is currently completely out of the picture at Spurs, with Ben Davies and Sergio Reguilon now the undisputed first-choice left-back options for Jose Mourinho.
With less than one year left on his deal, Spurs were clearly hoping to be rid of him this season but instead Rose looks set to stick around until his contract at the club expires in the summer.
At which point he will likely have a host of clubs still keen on his services, but one of which, seemingly, will not be AC Milan.