TOTTENHAM reportedly rejected the chance to offload Tanguy Ndombele to Juventus in return for former Arsenal ace Aaron Ramsey.
According to The Telegraph, Juve were open to a swap deal that would have seen ex-Gunner Ramsey return to the Premier League.
But Spurs batted away advances for their club-record signing as they insisted his future remains with them.
Midfielder Ndombele arrived in North London for £65million from Lyon last summer but has had a disastrous year at the club.
He has struggled with fitness and form and fallen out with boss Jose Mourinho.
Reports suggested Ndombele even claimed he would never play for Portuguese manager Mourinho again.
Ndombele has only started 17 games in all competitions this season, finding the net twice.
But former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Mourinho has backed the expensive flop to turn things around.
He said: “At Tottenham, I feel every time a top player is on the bench it’s a drama — but it’s not a drama.
“I hope next season we have more top players on the bench as it means we’ll be bigger than where we are.”
Similarly Welshman Ramsey has failed to find his feet in Serie A with reigning champions Juventus.
Injuries have once again hampered his progress after he quit the Emirates and moved to Turin on a free last year.
Ramsey has started just nine league games this campaign, failing to justify his lofty £400,00 a week wages.
The 29-year-old is expected to be allowed to leave with the club counting the cost of the coronavirus pandemic.
SunSport exclusively revealed he had been offered to old club Arsenal’s archrivals Spurs on loan last month.
But Juve explored the option of an exchange in order to land Ndombele, having already snapped up Arthur Melo from Barcelona, but it appears Tottenham are unwilling to shift their stance.