In January, Tottenham Hotspur were being linked with a number of potential new attacking options. Following an injury to Harry Kane, a host of strikers were reportedly on Tottenham’s radar. One such player was Paraguayan striker Antonio Sanabria.
The Independent suggested that Tottenham had resurrected previous interest in the Real Betis striker. The report claimed Spurs had looked at the player when he left AS Roma in 2016. On that occasion, he joined Real Betis. With a release clause set at €30 million (£26 million), Tottenham were said to be keen.
But instead, the South American headed to Genoa as a replacement for AC Milan-bound Krzszytof Piatek. As reported by MARCA, he joined on an 18-month loan deal with a purchase option of €25 million (£21.1 million).
At first, it seemed Tottenham had missed out on an absolute gem. He scored three goals in his first four games for the club. However, things soon went sour.
Sanabria has not scored since the last of those goals, which came against Lazio in February. He went on to lose his place in the starting XI as Genoa descended into a relegation scramble. He even missed what could have proved a crucial penalty against Roma at the start of May, a penalty Domenico Criscito was supposed to take.
Genoa survived that relegation fight by the skin of their teeth yesterday, thanks to Inter Milan defeating closest rivals Empoli. Sanabria played just nine minutes of Genoa’s 0-0 draw with Fiorentina.
Meanwhile, Tottenham are preparing for a Champions League final. At first, it seemed Tottenham had missed out on a real striking gem. Looking back now, they probably dodged a bullet.