Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern were hoping for better news as they approached the bar today but ended up hearing a long-term pursuit of a midfielder is set to end is disappointment.
TalkSport says that AC Milan are set to win the race for Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel next summer, should he perform well at the European Championships.
Tottenham, you may remember, were heavily interested in bringing Witsel to White Hart Lane last summer but any hopes were dashed as Zenit St Petersburg put an extortionate £73m price-tag upon the playmaker’s head.
The Russian side have reduced their demands though, with reports stating they will agree to a sale with AC Milan for a fee of around £21m.
26-year-old Witsel is highly-rated and has regular been linked with a move back to mainland Europe, leaving Russia, as many feel he is too talented to spend his playing days with Andre Villas-Boas’ side.
Spurs fans, how big a blow in this? Let us know in the comments below!