Surely Daniel Levy would not have signed off this deal for Tottenham?

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Tottenham lost out on Antonio Sanabria to Real Betis.

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Antonio Sanabria clinched his move to Real Betis at the end of last week, returning to La Liga where he starred on loan for Sporting Gijon last season.

He had appeared at one stage destined for Tottenham Hotspur, with Gazzetta reporting the North London side had agreed terms with the striker.

Sanabria's agent Raul Verdu told Tuttomercatoweb that the reason for him choosing Betis was the chance to play regular football.

He said: "We chose the Betis because we think it is the best option to allow Sanabria to continue his path of growth and accumulation of minutes and experience, given his young age."

Sporting's Antonio Sanabria celebrates next to team mate Carlos Castro after scoring a goalSporting's Antonio Sanabria celebrates next to team mate Carlos Castro after scoring a goal

Certainly at Spurs he would have come in as third choice behind Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen, limiting his opportunities.

Yet there may be another reason Sanabria is a Betis player and now not at Tottenham, a clause in his contract.

Roma insisted that as condition of a sale, they will retain a buy back clause in his Betis contract, meaning they effectively control his rights.

Spain's Alvaro Morata in action with Croatia's Tin JedvajSpain's Alvaro Morata in action with Croatia's Tin Jedvaj

It could work similarly to Real Madrid recently buying back Alvaro Morata from Juventus, after what was effectively a two year loan.

Indeed Sanabria's agent is alive the possibility of this happening, adding: "The return to Italy in the future could be a major opportunity, considering the request from Roma."

Surely it is not a deal that savvy chairman Daniel Levy would have signed off on for Tottenham.

Spurs have never previously sanctioned buying a player, but being at the mercy of another club choosing whether or not to invoke a buy-back option.

Levy is one of the game's toughest negotiators, and it would not be a surprise if Roma's insistence on selling on this condition led to their interest falling away.

Antonio Sanabria at BarcelonaAntonio Sanabria at Barcelona

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