Barcelona led the chase on Tottenham stars Lucas Moura and Christian Eriksen during the summer but ended up without either as both stars Spurs couldn’t get through a deal.
Barcelona, who were heavily linked to a number of top European players approached Tottenham regarding Lucas Moura’s availability, but were given a mouthwatering asking price by Daniel Levy.
The Catalan Giants had been frantically pursuing PSG superstar Neymar and Ernesto Valverde offered up a host of peripheral players to sweeten the deal, including Ivan Rakitic, Ousmane Dembele and Nelson Semedo.
PSG refused to bargain and stubbornly decided to keep the Brazil international on the books.
According to Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo , Moura was also a player in demand.
The Brazil internationals experience played an important role for Spurs last season and before moving to North London, he’d also made 230 appearances for PSG.
Daniel Levy informed the La Liga giants that they’d need to pay at least £45m to secure his services but Barcelona unimpressed by Spurs’ valuation did not pursue the deal any further. Barcelona also ended their interest in Christian Eriksen meaning the Denmark international stays in north London till at least January.
Pochettino had joked earlier this week that he’d celebrate once the European transfer window was closed.
“Tuesday, we party. Finish the transfer window after tomorrow, I think Tuesday we are going to make a big party and celebrate,” he told talkSPORT.
“Because I think it was my worst period after five years in Tottenham.”
Eriksen, however, admitted he was not struggling to focus amid the speculation.
“For me, it’s not hard to clear my head,” he said.
“I don’t read much of what is written. And now I have been involved for many years, where there have been many rumours every year.
“I know a lot of people are interested in where I play. That’s the way it is.”
With Manchester United now the team speculated to be land the Danish International, Tottenham have now the option of allowing him to run down his contract or command a smaller transfer fee during the next window.
Eriksen could opt to stay but it is increasingly unlikely as it would look like he is ready for a new challenge.