This from the Official Site. The Olympique Lyonnais Official Site, that is. This was published at a minute after 2000hrs this evening.
Les propositions transmises ce soir par Tottenham se sont éloignées très sensiblement du principe qui avait été acté le 26 août et qui avait permis d’ouvrir les discussions entre le joueur et le club londonien.
In short the statement says that the proposal submitted tonight by Spurs is significantly different to a proposal that was agreed in principle four days ago.
To my mind this smacks of everybody, not just Tottenham playing chicken on these transfer deals. The first guy to blink loses.
The Dembele deal is a good example. Not a single ITK had a sniff of it. Because the price was quoted and Spurs told that was the price. Not an opening a price, but that only two bids would be entertained. A bid at the figure on the swing ticket …or a bid in excess of that figure.