Lisandro Lopez has claimed that Lyon’s chairman blocked a move to Tottenham when the player was one of the top strikers in the world.
The former Lyon star moved to Al-Gharafa from the French side and currently plays for Racing Club in Argentina.
The Argentine was quoted by Sport Witness (h/t Football.london):
“A week from the end of the transfer window, Villas-Boas called me to play for Tottenham.
“We agreed everything, and the chairman again shut the door.”
“That’s when I learnt that AVB had made an offer for me with Chelsea, but no one ever told me. I was so disappointed that I promised myself to never play in Europe again.”
Lopez was excellent for Lyon and scored 82 goals from 166 games, but only won a French Cup with the giants.
Tottenham had an eclectic range of strikers back then with Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane just coming in through the ranks.
Soldado struggled for goals at the club, and it could have been great having someone like Lopez leading the line.
However, Tottenham have an excellent striker in Kane. The English captain has only gone on from strength to strength, and it would be difficult seeing anyone else replace him.
Kane has broken a number of records already at Tottenham, and only one can imagine what could have happened if Lopez had been a hit at the club while the English striker was rising through the ranks.