Juan Foyth can’t really do much more to help Tottenham Hotspur sign him this summer.

As everyone else was reporting Foyth to PSG was set to be announced imminently, El Dia, who have seemed to have the closest connections to a possible transfer, explained Foyth and his family were still keener on Tottenham.

That was on July 26th, and a few days later Estudiantes sporting director Juan Sebastián Verón was quoted as saying: “We already have a club-to-club agreement with PSG for Foyth.”

Verón’s comment was taken widely as further indication Foyth would be in the PSG shirt shortly, with Tottenham not taking advantage of the delay. However, Verón made it clear the agreement was only between the clubs, just two parties of a possible deal.

On Saturday, El Dia report that Foyth is still holding PSG off, not convinced about his chances, and being the club’s fifth choice in central defence. Tottenham aren’t mentioned directly this time, but El Dia have referenced the Premier League and Foyth’s preference often enough.

Tottenham cooled their Foyth interest just before PSG agreed a fee, but there must have been some interest for them to cool. Mauricio Pochettino being keen on the 19 year old makes some sense, with the young defender thought of so highly in Argentina that Jorge Sampaoli recently called him in for a meeting, showing he’s already in the manager’s national team plans.

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El Dia say the agreed deal between PSG and Estudiantes is worth €13m, with all or nearly all of that being upfront. It’s strange that Tottenham have so easily walked away, and haven’t since rushed back in.

Foyth couldn’t really do much more to assist Tottenham. He’s holding off PSG, and despite his own club publicly announcing an agreed fee, he’s still not giving in.

Relatively cheap, young but experienced beyond his age, of interest to Pochettino this summer, seemingly of very good standing, it’s just so Tottenham.

Maybe this is all part of a wider plan which will see Tottenham return in a few days with an offer around €10m, made up of €5m upfront, some Premium Bonds, and a lottery ticket.