When claims came from Italy in search of Tottenham last week to reduce the price by £ 25m for Toby Alderweireld, it was clear that the story would not go as the Serie A club, and their local media, they wanted.
Franco Baldini had to be sent to London to use his old connections to get the defender for less than half of his clause.
The Italian would have fascinated the leaders of Tottenham, and Rome would have been able to sign the defender for a relative poverty.
They didn't bargain for Daniel Levy, and of course they should have. Sunday edition of The weather reports that the head of Tottenham "does not move an inch" and has no intention of giving a discount to anyone.
It was a "rude refusal" by the Spurs and it was made very clear that the only way Rome gets Alderweireld is by paying the 25 million pounds, not a penny less.
It is said that Tottenham has "clarified" the situation to the Roma.