Players demanding playing time is a instant no no for me. As soon as you guarantee playing time, they will hold it over you (see Lukaku).With all the agent fees, payments to father, release clauses etc you can see why the club pulled out. Their plan is clearly to move him to another club in a couple of years. We aren't a stepping stone club and shouldn't be signing players that don't want a long future here or would move elsewhere for the sake of enriching agents/fathers etc.
I would have liked him here but it's certainly not the end of the world.
The risk for him with us is that he'd be coming to the most intense league in the world where he may not be better than our current options.