Shame. Just when Spurs thought they were about to land a goal provider to replace the departing Bale, in step Chelsea and Jose to cock up the plan.
Actually, from England's point of view, this is probably good news. From what I saw of young Townsend, he looks decidedly tasty, and it would be good to see him given an extended run in the team. He is pacey, skilful and, based on his crossing, intelligent.
So the laugh may be on Chelsea, because Spurs may have saved themselves a fortune! Let's hope so, because putting aside petty club rivalries, it would be great to see Townsend develop into the real deal.