Belgian paper Derniere Heure has been reporting on how Michy Batshuayi made his move to Crystal Palace on deadline day. As reported by The Guardian, the deal cost a loan fee of £1 million for the Eagles after he had previously cut short a loan spell at Valencia.
Of course, plenty of other teams had been linked with the player in January. One such team was Tottenham Hotspur.
DH reported that Spurs had decided to make a move for the player, even though Chelsea were demanding an £8 million loan fee from their London top-four rivals.
In the end, Chelsea decided they could ill afford Batshuayi to be at a direct rival so pulled the plug.
For Tottenham Hotspur and Daniel Levy, if the reports of an £8 million fee are accurate, it is for the best this deal never went through.
Now, Batshuayi is a talented player. In the second half of last season, he proved that with a stunning loan stint at Borussia Dortmund. Undoubtedly, he might have proven a top recruit.
However, at £8 million for a short-term spell, it would have sent some Tottenham fans into meltdown.
With Spurs consistently tight when it comes to transfers and the likes of Christian Eriksen not getting paid what they deserve per week, splashing out £8 million for Batshuayi would have also been a huge kick in the teeth to the players.
Tottenham will be pleased they avoided this deal in the long run as, in regards to team harmony, things will be much sweeter.