Could Spurs now pull plug on Takehiro Tomiyasu move?
For much of the summer it has appeared that Takehiro Tomiyasu will end the window as a Spurs player.
Tomiyasu has been linked with Tottenham throughout the window. He has reportedly told fellow admirer Atalanta that his preference would be to move to North London.
Meanwhile, it was subsequently claimed that personal terms had been agreed with Spurs.
So the smart money surely suggests that Tomiyasu will indeed be a Spurs player as the deadline passes.
However, perhaps Nuno Espirito Santo has been given food for thought.
Tomiyasu arriving would surely open the door for Japhet Tanganga to leave on loan. The 22-year-old has attracted offers. And The Athletic previously claimed that a bid from Galatasaray had been accepted.
Of course, the two youngsters appear to cover the same two positions. So a loan would surely make sense.
But Tanganga is not giving up a place without a fight.
Tanganga stealing show surely raises question over Spurs’ need to sign Tomiyasu
The academy graduate stole the show on Sunday as Spurs beat Manchester City. He was arguably the best player on the pitch.
He still has a point to prove. Nuno will surely want to see that he can perform at something like that level on a consistent basis.
But surely, signing Tomiyasu would be a lot less necessary if Tanganga kicks on.
Tomiyasu clearly has a bright future ahead. But saving £17 million would be a boost heading into the final days of the window.
Perhaps Nuno may decide that there is space for both. It does appear that a new centre-back is still needed.
But given the previous stance on Tanganga and the two positions the pair play, surely there is a chance that Tanganga’s performance on Sunday prompts Nuno to pull the plug on the deal for Tomiyasu.