It’s time to slow your roll on the Mauro Icardi to Tottenham rumors. Just a day after reports came out that Spurs were set to offer a huge bid to land the Inter Milan captain, Sky Sports journalist and Tottenham beat writer Lyall Thomas has put the kibosh on any Spurs interest.
@THFC2000 No and I've had that taken down. Should never have been there. Apologies if you were misled.— Lyall Thomas (@SkySportsLyall) July 3, 2016
Now, if you’re going to pick nits, Lyall is denying that Tottenham actually bid on Icardi, not that there’s interest in the Tottenham camp in signing him. So maybe there’s still some truth in that part of the story. Icardi, despite some positively lurid tabloid stories during his time in Milan, is still a fantastic young striker and from a footballing perspective would be an incredible signing that would instantly make Spurs better.
However, I’m now starting to doubt the entire thing. Earlier reports today indicated that Spurs are very close to landing Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar, and I don’t think they’d do that if they were making a serious push for Icardi. With Icardi, either Spurs want him or they don’t, and Icardi is in a completely different class of transfer than Janssen. If Spurs do want him, they’re likely putting everything else aside in order to get him, and they certainly don’t appear to be doing that.
This whole thing is starting to look more and more like #batcountry. Which is kind of disappointing to me. Feel free to tell me “I told you so.”