Tottenham Hotspur slapped an unbelievable £40million price tag on the head of midfielder Harry Winks, putting Aston Villa and Everton off a deal.
That’s according to The Times, who claim that Tottenham set a huge asking price on their homegrown midfielder.
Tottenham were open to offers, but Winks didn’t push for a move away from the club.
Aston Villa and Everton were both keen. Unfortunately, Tottenham’s huge asking price scared them both off.
Tottenham’s Winks valuation
Winks still has three years left on his Tottenham deal. Spurs have put plenty of time and effort into his development, but that fee seems huge.
Eduardo Camavinga, Ilaix Moriba, Marcel Sabitzer, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Rodrigo De Paul, Sandro Tonali, Boubakary Soumare all cost less than Winks this summer
Those players are either better players now, or have brighter futures.
You can absolutely understand why Aston Villa and Everton backed away given the prices of those other midfielders.
Winks far from ‘perfect’
Mauricio Pochettino was a big fan of Winks, calling him ‘perfect’ in terms of his profile as a midfielder.
Pochettino even compared Winks to Xavi and Iniesta in terms of his style of play.
Winks looked like becoming a star, but his progress has somewhat stalled. Winks isn’t impacting games the way Tottenham want, and he really struggled against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
His passing was too safe and he didn’t exactly protect the back four.
If Tottenham fans had their way, they would likely sell Winks for about £20million to £25million – but Daniel Levy has other ideas.