Tottenham had attempted to hijack Donny van de Beek‘s move to Manchester United with an 11th-hour bid for the midfielder.
That is according to a report from The Mirror, which claimed that Spurs had made an attempt to steal the 23-year-old from under their Premier League rivals’ noses with a last-gasp transfer bid.
However, United’s chief negotiator Matt Judge duly moved in to secure an agreement with the Ajax playmaker, who has agreed a £40m deal with the Old Trafford club and is set to arrive in Manchester in the coming days to finalise the transfer.
Tottenham’s interest in Van de Beek can be traced back several months, with Football.London reporting in April that the Lilywhites have made tentative enquiries with Ajax over the 23-year-old.
An Eredivisie winner and Champions League semi-finalist with the Amsterdam club in 2019, the midfielder has clocked an impressive 40 goals and 30 assists over the last three seasons, testifying to his effectiveness when he gets into the attacking third of the pitch. Dele Alli, who plays in a similar role for Spurs, has 30 goals and 31 assists in the same timeframe.
Indeed, the north Londoners are well aware of the threat that Van de Beek possesses, with the midfielder having scored against them for Ajax in the last four of the Champions League two seasons ago.
Along with posing an attacking threat which has seen him record 1.8 shots and execute 1.7 key passes per game, the 23-year-old is also committed to engaging in plenty of midfield graft, having averaged 2.1 tackles per game last season – only two Spurs players (both defenders) performed better for that metric.
Alli’s improvement in form since Jose Mourinho’s arrival in November means that Tottenham aren’t stuck for goals or creativity from midfield.
Will Spurs come to regret missing out on Van de Beek?
However, Van de Beek’s figures suggest that he would have provided Spurs with huge attacking impetus as well as ball-winning midfield endeavour, and it will undoubtedly be a sore point for the Londoners that their last-gasp bid to thwart Manchester United came to nothing, particularly with Mourinho’s current club being passed out by his former employers in the final league table last season.
Tottenham fans, how gutted are you that Van de Beek is instead going to Old Trafford? Could Spurs have done more to try and land him? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below!
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