Fotboll Direkt have revealed that both Aston Villa and Wolves failed with attempts to hijack Tottenham’s pursuit of Lucas Bergvall during the final hours of the January transfer window.
Over the last week, Spanish outlets have provided a number of reasons why Tottenham won the race for the Swedish starlet, including financial ones as well as pointing to Xavi Hernandez’s announcement that he would be leaving the Catalan club at the end of the season (Sport).
BILD reported on Tuesday that Barca were not the only club who were confident of landing Bergvall last month, with Eintracht Frankfurt also feeling at one time that they had the deal wrapped up before Spurs swooped in.
Premier League clubs attempted Lucas Bergvall hijack
Fotboll Direkt have now revealed that Villa and Wolves also tried right until the very end to swoop for the 18-year-old but were unable to do so.
In fact, the report says that the two Midlands clubs were even willing to offer Djurgarden more upfront than Tottenham were, with sides signalling an intention to make bids of €12m-€13m (£10.2m-£11.1m) compared to the Lilywhites’ guaranteed payment of €10m (£8.5m).
However, it is explained their offers arrived too late, with Bergvall having already given his word to Ange Postecoglou’s men.
The publication adds that while the teenager was ‘flattered’ by their ‘eleventh-hour’ attempts, he had told both Villa and Wolves that ‘he could not possibly change his mind’ irrespective of the finances involved.
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If this is true, it is further evidence that Bergvall’s motivations for joining Spurs were not purely financial. The 18-year-old understandably feels that working with Ange Postecoglou at Hotspur Way would prove the ideal environment for him to fulfil his potential over the coming years.