Barcelona failed in last-gasp bid to sign Lucas Moura on the European transfer window deadline day.
The La Liga champions quickly turned their attentions to the Spurs man after their attempts to re-sign Neymar this summer were knocked back.
But Spurs were never likely to be interested in selling one of their key attacking players, who signed a new five-year contract as regent as August, especially considering they wouldn’t be able to replace him until the January transfer window opens.
Nevertheless, according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, the Spanish giants tried to sign Moura on Monday, but didn’t meet Tottenham’s £45m valuation of the player.
Moura, who was an unused substitute on Sunday’s North London derby, enjoyed a fine campaign with Spurs last term, scoring 15 goals in 49 appearances, including that memorable hat-trick against Ajax that sent Mauricio Pochettino’s men to the Champions League final and has already registered one goal in the draw against Manchester City.