Over the summer, it was said that Tottenham wanted to bring Jurrien Timber to the Premier League from Ajax.
Manchester United also held talks to sign the Dutchman, although after losing Lisandro Martinez, Antony, Sebastien Haller, Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui, Ajax had no intention of selling more of their squad.
Now, it is starting to look as if Tottenham and Erik ten Hag missed out on a potential superstar.
Tottenham identified a gem in Jurrien Timber
A sum of £36m had been mooted for Timber, although his progress since the start of the season has been nothing short of sensational.
Timber has been entrusted by Louis van Gaal to start alongside Virgil van Dijk for the Netherlands, and with just weeks until the World Cup in November, the youngster has picked an ideal time to shine.
The Utrecht-born wonderkid has also been selected ahead of Stefan de Vrij, which speaks volumes seeing as the Inter Milan colossus has won 58 caps for the Netherlands.
Tottenham will have to pay a fortune for Jurrien Timber now
In our view, Timber will now cost an eye-watering amount for anyone interested in signing him.
The Dutch giants know how good their players are, and they certainly value them accordingly.
That £68m deal involving De Ligt, Ajax and Juventus happened three years ago now.
With some suggesting that Timber is even better than the current Bayern Munich colossus, Spurs could now face an asking price close to £80m if they resurrect their interest in 2023.