Just a few days ago, you could get odds of 1/20 on Adama Traore making a switch from Wolves to Tottenham and at such a short price, a move to the white half of North London looked an absolute cert.
While for those who looked to buy money with such a bet, they will now be ruing their luck and with Traore returning to where his career began, it is Barcelona who have now acquired the services of the 26-year-old.
A move that only adds to the tension within the Tottenham boardroom and after missing out on the capture of the Spanish international, another target could also be set to slip through their fingers.
With Luis Diaz also in their sights, it was reported that Daniel Levy’s bid for the Colombian was just £4m short of what Porto were asking for and as always, the Spurs chairman has done his best to drive any deal down.
However, it is that continual pursuit of a bargain which usually proves to be Spurs’ undoing and with the goal left wide open, fellow Premier League counterparts Liverpool are ready to tap the ball home.
With the Merseyside men currently 13/2 second favourites, there is still some work to be done in this season’s Premier League title race and the addition of Porto’s wing wizard would surely help their bid to hunt down Manchester City.
The deal, if completed, is expected to be worth €45m (£37m) plus a maximum of €15m in potential bonuses and although Porto would rather keep hold of the Colombian international, they do also know their place in the European football food chain.
Which means the Portuguese giants will once again be forced to sell one of their more expensive assets and although they will be looked after in terms of remuneration, it may dent their own hopes of a domestic league title this season.
Sergio Conceicao’s men are currently priced at 2/5 to win the current edition of Liga NOS, and are still clear favourites to come out on top. However, the likely loss of Luis Diaz may hamper their attempt to keep Sporting and Benfica at bay.
Ultimately a switch from Porto to Liverpool will once again have supporters asking questions in N17 and if Daniel Levy misses out after more protracted negotiations, it may be an uncomfortable atmosphere during their upcoming cup tie with Brighton.