Footballing history is littered with legendary stories about remarkable deals that so nearly happened.
We are all aware that Burnley passed up the chance to land a young Michael Essien as club policy dictated that they could only offer apprentices £60 a week, per Sky Sports. And then there’s Arsenal’s failure to land Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swede turning down a trial under Arsene Wenger before swapping Malmo for Ajax (Daily Mail).
Therefore, you wonder one day if Tottenham Hotspur will regret not tying down a sprightly young winger by the name of Adama Diakhaby.
The one that got away for Tottenham?
According to L’Equipe, the 21-year-old had a trial at White Hart Lane back in 2014 after deciding against signing a contract with Caen. However, Diakhaby failed to do enough to convince Spurs to hand him a professional deal. Now, three years on, L’Equipe claims that he could leave Ligue 1 Rennes for a fee of £9 million this summer.
The France youth international enjoyed an impressive breakthrough campaign in 2016/17, scoring four league goal despite making just three starts. And the report claims that Monaco, whose reputation for identifying and developing young talent is the stuff of legend, have earmarked Diakhaby as potentially the next Thomas Lemar or Bernardo Silva.
Newcastle United, who have been linked for a number of weeks, are also still in the chase. Rafael Benitez has been left frustrated by a lack of transfer activity at St James’ Park but the addition of Diakhaby, an exciting winger who would go down a treat on Tyneside, would be well received.
If Diakhaby ends up thriving in Newcastle colours, fulfilling his vast potential at a Premier League rival, Tottenham may wish they could turn back time and seal a deal for this exciting young attacker, especially considering they have looked to France for young attacking talents in recent years.