Sadio Mane almost became a Tottenham player before joining Liverpool, only for Spurs’ strict wage structure to scupper the deal.
The Senegalese forward left Southampton for Anfield in a £34million move in the summer but not before he had visited Spurs’ Enfield training ground to discuss a move, The Times reports.
However, chairman Daniel Levy – notoriously a man to drive a hard bargain – needed to be convinced that it was worth meeting Mane’s wage demands. And in the end, that proved impossible.
Tottenham’s top earners Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris rake in £100,000 per week at White Hart Lane, while Liverpool are willing to pay their biggest star, Philippe Coutinho, 50 per cent more.
Sadio Mane scored the two goals that knocked Spurs out of league title contention, this afternoon