3 reasons Tottenham never stood a chance of signing Matthijs De Ligt

Dutch player Matthijs de Ligt (2ndR) vies with English player Marcus Rashford during a friendly football match between the Netherlands and England at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam on...

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly given up on signing Matthijs De Ligt.

Netherlands' defender Matthijs de Ligt (L) and Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo fight for the ball  during their international friendly football match between Portugal and Netherlands...

Tottenham Hotspur abandoned their reported pursuit of Ajax defender Matthis De Ligt this week, Football London reported.

Walking away from the move was disappointing for Tottenham fans, but they were always going to struggle to lure the Dutchman.

Here is a look at three reasons why Spurs deal for De Ligt fell through, which cumulatively stacked up to show Tottenham's pursuit was always doomed to failure.

Wouldn't force a move

Spurs managed to lure Davinson Sanchez to the club last season, against his club's wishes.

Ajax tried to convince him to stay but Sanchez went on strike and forced a move through.

Spurs player Davinson Sanchez in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England.

Having only been at Ajax for one year, Sanchez had no loyalty to the club and had no qualms about walking out on them.

De Ligt is different. He has been part of Ajax's academy from an early age, and has worked with various coaches at the club along the way, building friendships and relationships.

He was never going to bite the hand which fed him and insult them by forcing a move, when Ajax are responsible for making him the player he is, especially when he is still just 18.

Ajax are fed up of Tottenham

Tottenham's raid on Ajax frustrated fans last summer and it is not the first time the North London side have ripped their best player away from them.

In recent years Spurs have landed Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen, two truly elite players and Sanchez looks like being a third.

Ajax are proud of their youth development and do not want to become anybody's feeder club.

Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt (L) outruns Lyon's French midfielder Houssem Aouar during a friendly football match between Olympique Lyonnais and Ajax Amsterdam on July 18, 2017 at the...

Football London reported comments from Ajax fans describing Tottenham as 'parasites' for once again trying to take their best player in De Ligt.

This pressure would have helped make Marc Overmars particularly keen not to do business with Spurs for a second year running.

Escalating interest from big guns

Not many players establish themselves as regulars at international level at just 18-years-old, and the ones which do are invariably special.

De Ligt is one of those, already starring alongside Virgil van Dijk for Holland.

This has helped spark serious interest from rivals clubs, with Barcelona, Manchester City and Juventus all keen.

When these sort of teams show their hand, Tottenham's chances become a lot tougher, with an already resistant Ajax able to command a bidding war which Spurs do not wish to be a part of.

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