Back in January, Napoli and Tottenham Hotspur became well acquainted with each other as the Italian giants pressed to prise Etienne Capoue away from White Hart Lane.
The two clubs haggled for weeks over the transfer fee for the midfielder, during which a representative of him declared on French radio that Spurs’ compensation demands were ‘absurd’.
Predictably, the sides failed to hammer out a compromise and in the end the deal collapsed, leaving them to go their separate ways.
However, less than five months later, Napoli and Tottenham are staring each other down once again over the Partenopei’s desire to bring a Spurs midfielder to the San Paolo.
This time it is Sandro, who endured a season to forget last term in North London. Rafael Benitez’s side were linked with the Brazilian multiple times in May, with his agent Luiz Paulo Chignall admitting interest in a Serie A switch two weeks ago.
Chignall also remarked at the time that Napoli had not yet made a formal offer, but that seems to have now changed.
Sky Sport Italia transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio reported that the southern Italian outfit have tabled a €10 million (£8m) bid for Sandro. And as they did with Napoli’s initial offer for Capoue in January, Tottenham have rejected it on the basis that it is too low.
Di Marzio maintains that Spurs are looking for closer to €20m (£16m) to let ‘The Beast’ leave for the coast of Campania this summer.
What seems clear is that if Tottenham are to see off the midfielder, they want to see a significant chunk of change for new boss Mauricio Pochettino to reinvest in the squad.
Only time will tell if negotiations will take the same turn as those for Capoue earlier this year, as a significant gap in valuation for Sandro means that Napoli have plenty of work to do to convince Spurs to sell.