Yesterday Internacional's president Giovanni Luigi revealed to Calcio Napoli that Tottenham offered €20m right at the end of the transfer window for Leandro Damiao, a long term target for the club and favourite of manager Andre Villas Boas. Luigi said it wasn't quite enough but given what he's saying in interviews it's abundantly clear he would have been happy to sell the player for a bit more.
Tottenham with Damiao for the rest of the season would have been a far different prospect, had he settled in quickly, and it will be a regret for Villas Boas that the move didn't happen. When that deal started to fall apart, Daniel Levy decided to make a bid for Lisandro Lopez.
We brought the following from France on transfer deadline day as news of a Lopez to Tottenham move grew quickly in England:
'Le10 have revealed from reports in France that Tottenham Hotspur are keen to sign Lyon forward Lisandro Lopez. L’Equipe have said that the Premier League club approached Lyon on Monday night to speak to the French side with regards to taking the Argentine in this transfer window. For the past month the player has being in advanced talks with Serie A leaders Juventus who were interested in bringing him to Italy, but they have the prospect of Llorente arriving in the summer and have just got Anelka too.'
The transfer didn't come close to happening and Lisandro Lopez would too have been a good addition for the Tottenham squad, if not quite as exciting in the long term as Damiao. The Lyon forward scored 16 league goals last season, 17 the season before and 15 in the campaign before that. His goal-scoring record over the last couple of seasons compares well with that of Olivier Giroud.
According to L'Equipe (see above), Lyon paid €24m plus bonuses to Porto for the striker in 2009. He's now 29 and his age means a value drop to some degree, but not to €6m! Lyon already think Tottenham are unprofessional in transfers after the issues with Hugo Lloris last year and the bid was dismissed out of hand with Lyon not even wanting to go into further negotiations.
On one hand there's being clever in transfer negotiations and on the other there's putting an outright insult of a bid in, when you could really do with an additional striker to help push for the lucrative Champions League. Perhaps annoyingly, given how little was offered, L'Equipe say that the player was keen on a move.
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why would it be annoying to see the player keen on a move where a lower transfer fee was being offered?
Lyon are not that hard up for cash. they bought lisandro with the cash they received for benzema.
personally speaking most transfers are bloated beyond belief anyways.
I would like to see transfer fees drop not increase.