As David Villa signed on the dotted line with Atletico Madrid last week, another striking target slipped through our fingers and while many felt that the player was too much of a risk, others were surprised that Spurs didn’t pursue a deal for a centre forward who eventually left Barcelona for a relatively small fee.
The reason for the failure of the deal was open to conjecture but the player has now revealed that Atletico stepped in and advanced the process as English clubs dragged their heels.
“It is true the idea was for me to go to the Premier League, because the biggest offers came from there,” Villa said.
“But then Atletico Madrid showed up and they did more in three days than others did in months.”
Spurs were not mentioned in the piece which seems to have originated in the Daily Mirror but it’s been suggested that the club have missed out here over Daniel Levy’s issue with agents’ fees. If that’s true then no matter what your opinion of David Villa may have been, it could be that Tottenham may be in for another long and potentially frustrating transfer window.