Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal both find themselves in similar situations.
While they’re both being linked with a number of players with the January transfer window now open, the two clubs both face losing a key first-teamer each.
Spurs star Christian Eriksen is into the final 18 month of his £75,000-a-week contract, and there is a big worry amongst the fans that the club’s pay structure will see the Dane jump ship next summer, with Real Madrid and Barcelona said to be interested.
Across north London, Mesut Ozil is contracted until the summer of 2021 after signing an extension in February 2018, but speculation has been rife over his future with Unai Emery having used him sporadically this term.
Both have lit up the Premier League over the years, but which team would be stung more if they both left?
Eriksen recently chalked up his 100th Premier League goal involvement against Cardiff City (45 goals, 55 assists in just 189 games).
The Dane, an £11 million snip signing from Ajax in 2013, is technically gifted and hugely important to Spurs’ attacking cause.
He sees things that all his other teammates cannot, and losing him would be like losing Luka Modric all over again.
Ozil has divided opinion over the years, but he is certainly backed up statistically. In 155 Premier League games he has 81 goal involvements (30 goals, 51 assists).
Like Eriksen, he can see things that no other teammate of his can.
On his day, there a few better playmakers in world football than Ozil – it’s just that he doesn’t have those ‘days’ consistently enough.
Ozil has definitely played a big role in Arsenal’s success in the FA Cup in recent years. He’s probably just about justified his £42.5 million price tag, but this season has shown Arsenal have actually been able to manage OK without him.
The Gunners are fifth in the table and the German has provided just three goals and two assists in 975 minutes of game time.
Eriksen (four goals, seven assists in 1240 minutes this term) hasn’t helped Spurs win any trophies yet, but his contributions to the way Mauricio Pochettino’s team now play cannot be overlooked.
The star is such an intelligent and consistent footballer and is partly the reason Harry Kane has developed so well over the years.
He brings out the best in his teammates. His potential loss to Spurs would arguably hit harder than Arsenal losing Ozil – the Gunners are already starting to show there could be life after the World Cup winner.