Duncan Castles has claimed Sevilla were close to selling Bryan Gil to a Serie A side for just £5m before Tottenham stepped in to complete a deal.
Tottenham signed Gil for around £25million last summer in a move that saw Erik Lamela go in the opposite direction (BBC Sport).
But the 20-year-old has struggled since his time in the Premier League and has been limited to bench appearances.
As such, Gil was part of an exodus from Spurs on deadline day, sealing a return to La Liga to spend the rest of the season on loan with Valencia.
Spurs have reiterated that the Spain international has a future at the club (Football.London) despite his early struggles, and they hope that’s true given they may have overpaid for his signature, according to Castles.
The reporter claimed that Sevilla are close to offloading Gil to an Italian club until Spurs chief executive Fabio Paratici makes an offer.
Castles told The Transfer Window Podcast: “I’ve been told Gil is set to be sold by Sevilla to a Serie A club for around €6m (£5m). Paratici has then contacted their sporting director, Monchi, asking how much they would like for Gil.
“And Monchi, who is a very accomplished and experienced transfer market operator, didn’t answer less than €20m (£16.8m), are we going to sell him.
“Tottenham then made an offer which Monchi negotiated up to €25m (£21.1m) plus Erik Lamela. Half a season later they loan him to Spain.
Boosts web opinion
It seems hard to believe that Sevilla were so close to offloading a player of Gil’s talent for such a small sum. It’s also too early to say whether Spurs overpaid him given he’s still so young and has plenty of room to become a star.
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