Well, that turned out well for Christian Eriksen, didn’t it?
Just 10 months after finally forcing his way out of Tottenham for a new adventure in Italy, the Dane is persona non grata with Antonio Conte.
Gazzetta dello Sport reckons the Inter Milan boss is ‘disappointed’ with Eriksen and that the pair ‘don’t understand each other’.
Odd, given both have English as a common second language.
Such is the situation that Italy’s media, often well briefed by their clubs, are already linking him with a move in January.
CalcioMercato reported earlier this week that AC Milan, Roma, Lazio and Paris Saint-Germain are all keen to take Eriksen.
And they doubled down on their coverage of Eriksen’s future yesterday when they dropped with claims talks over a possible return to Spurs had already taken place.
One which would see defender Martin Skriniar jetting into Tottenham on the same plane as Eriksen, with Danny Rose and Dele Alli heading in the opposite direction.
Now, it’s hard enough getting a deal for one player over the line, so time will tell whether or not this particular four-way switch will materialise.
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But what we can say with certainty is that clubs will need to be more creative than ever in the transfer market as they count the costs of Covid.
And while it might sound fanciful, proposed deals like this one will be mooted, especially by clubs on the continent, more and more often.
For Eriksen, a return to London would given his assertion that no money would keep him there in the first place.
He was adamant he needed something new and, while he hasn’t found the grass any greener in Milan than it is Enfield, running back so soon with his tail between his legs would be unexpected.
For Rose and Alli, though, the opportunity to move to Inter is far more interesting.
Rose and Conte, two extraordinarily combustible but very likeable men, would either be a match made in heaven or a fireworks show the likes of which we’d have loved to have been watching tonight.
It is Conte’s apparent interest in Alli, though, that is the most exciting.
Speak to those who have known Alli well over the years and they will tell you he always fancied a move abroad at some stage of his career.
And the chance to play for a Grade A manager at a Grade A club in a Grade A city and Grade A league could well be what he needs given Jose Mourinho clearly doesn’t fancy him.
Conte was a terrific midfielder, a huge influence on his old team Juventus, and one of the most decorated ex-players in their history.
So he knows a thing or two about operating in those areas Alli operates in, even though they are different players.
But, more importantly, this is a man who as recently as February, Andrea Pirlo, one of the finest midfielders of recent times, was lauding as the best manager he ever worked for.
It’s no secret that Paris Saint-Germain made a play for Alli in the summer and they will probably have another tickle in January.
If Conte doesn’t want to work with him, though, it should be a no-brainer and Eriksen’s failure to take Italy by storm could ultimately lead to the making of Alli.