The transfer window is not yet open but Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin have already been linked with a pair of Premier League midfielders.
Hertha are now managed by former Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann and the Telegraph report he is interested in raiding his former employers for Victor Wanyama.
But the same report also says that they are also keen on his north London rival, former Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka, who Arsenal are willing to let leave if he is not in Mikel Arteta’s plans.
Hertha gained major investment during the summer – which is likely how they can hope to afford the transfer fee and wages involved in signing an experienced Premier League player – but are likely to be able to stretch to landing both in the same window.
Would they even want to. given that the pair play in the same position? Therefore, Arsenal and Tottenham’s January business may well be linked, and depend on who can offload their unwanted anchorman to the Bundesliga bidder.
TBR’s View – Offloading an unwanted man may help either club reshape their squad next month
It looks like Hertha will get either Xhaka or Wanyama and getting that money in via the transfer fee and clearing those wages may allow either Arsenal or Spurs to reshape their squad in the winter window.
The club who are stuck with their man will need to find another suitor – easier said than done in January, especially given the reputations of both players are not at their highest – to spark their desired reshuffle.
Perhaps the rivals’ January business will be linked and former Tottenham hero Klinsmann holds the cards…