Mauricio Pochettino was said to be the man behind the idea, and he apparently remembered Pau well from the manager’s time at Espanyol.
Spurs were making a ‘firm offer’ for the player, but it was all a little vague, other than Espanyol having an asking price of €5m for the 21 year old.
On Tuesday, another Catalan newspaper Sport have an update. They say Tottenham have submitted a bid of just €2m for the player who has a contract until June 2018.
Sport say Espanyol sources have confirmed a Tottenham offer in the region of €2m, but that’s clearly not enough for the Barcelona club. That doesn’t mean discussions are dead and it looks like the first offer was simply Tottenham making it clear they wanted a bargain, rather than being happy to pay the relatively low asking price.
Perhaps a typical Spurs move.
Everything seems quite cordial, largely thanks to Pochettino goodwill, and if Tottenham are prepared to play fair then this should be a straightforward signing.