The reason Tottenham’s move for Luis Diaz fell through
An explanation for why Tottenham would lose out on Luis Diaz to Liverpool has been forthcoming on Wednesday.
Diaz, previously of FC Porto, joined Liverpool in the dying stages of the winter transfer window.
Before that, though, he looked to be heading to Tottenham. So what happened?
Well, according to The Athletic, Tottenham had a signed agreement in place with Porto for Diaz to join, believed to be for €45 million, plus €15 million in add-ons, with terms also agreed with Diaz himself.
However, Diaz was away on international duty, which meant that the agreement was not signed by the time it was essentially thought to have been vetoed by his agent.
Said agent is to have objected when it became apparent that Jorge Mendes had the mandate from Porto to oversee the Tottenham move.
As a result, Liverpool, who were not using Mendes as an intermediary, pounced and agreed a deal at more or less the same price.
▪️ #THFC had signed agreement for Diaz to join from Porto
▪️ Player’s representation is thought to have vetoed deal
▪️ Levy furious and may lead to hostility with #LFC
▪️ £400k a week off wage bill in Dele, Ndombele, Lo Celso and Gil
📝 @JackPittBrooke, @CDEccleshare
— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) February 2, 2022
Will Tottenham regret missing out on Luis Diaz?
A blow for Tottenham, yes, but how much worse off will Spurs actually be for missing out on Diaz?
The Colombian is a left-winger by trade and does not really operate on the left-wing.
So, at Spurs, Diaz would have likely been competing with Heung-min Son, arguably Tottenham’s second-best player.
As a result, though Diaz would have improved Spurs’ squad, it is hard to see him actually being a regular starter for them.