According to reports from ABC Sevilla, Antonio Sanabria has decided against a move to Tottenham Hotspur despite receiving a more lucrative offer and the striker will now be joining Spanish side Real Betis.
It is no secret that Tottenham Hotspur have been chasing the services of Antonio Sanabria for quite a while now and reports emerged last month claiming that Spurs had already begun talks over the £11.5 million signing of the Roma youngster (Daily Mirror).
Just when it looked like Tottenham would be signing Sanabria, Spanish publication Sport recently claimed that La Liga side Real Betis had managed to hijack Spurs’ move and that the striker was convinced to join the Andalusian side by manager Gus Poyet with the lure of regular first team football.
In a further twist to the story, ABC Sevilla went on to state that Spurs were not giving up on their pursuit of Sanabria so easily and that the Premier League outfit had placed an improved £12.8 million bid as well as higher wage package for the 20-year-old recently, which is evidently a much superior offer to Betis’ £5.2 million.
Despite the improved bid on the table though, Spurs’ efforts to sign Sanabria looks set to go in vain as ABC Sevilla have now gone on to report that the former Barcelona youngster has snubbed Tottenham by verbally agreeing to join Betis.
The report reveal that Sanabria urged Roma to accept Betis’ lower offer amid the improved bid on the table from Tottenham and the Italian side eventually agreed after including a buyback clause into the deal.
The official announcement of the transfer is now expected to be made soon and Tottenham will have to look at other avenues in their search for a new striker.
Will Sanabria regret no joining Tottenham?