Tottenham Hotspur are facing a nightmare scenario this summer.
The north Londoners are reported to be eyeing five potential signings (The Daily Mail), but fear losing two of their most important players in Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen.
Alderweireld will be available for just £26 million – the value of his new release clause – this summer after the club decided to extend his contract back in January.
That move was made to prevent him leaving mid-season, but the latest reports are that the club are resigned to losing the defender.
Eriksen is out of contract in the summer of 2020, and he could jump ship for as a little as £40 million (as claimed by The Sun) since there’s been no sign of him signing a new deal.
The double sale that could ruin Pochettino’s work at Tottenham
Losing Alderweireld and Eriksen for a potential combined fee of just £66 million would be a killer for Tottenham.
Both are top class, established players and them leaving would hurt Pochettino’s side massively.
Ball-playing centre-back Alderweireld has proven himself to be one of the best in his position in Europe over the past couple of seasons.
Maestro Eriksen is bettered by very few when on-song, and both players will be extremely difficult to replace.
It’s a potential scenario that could genuinely undo all of Pochettino’s hard work over the past few years. The Argentine is a brilliant coach and manager, but losing two players of such quality could wreck what he’s trying to build at the club.
Realistically, there aren’t too many players out there who could directly replace them in terms of current quality and experience.
Spurs would undoubtedly have to spend big – whether that is possible, especially after the construction of the new stadium, remains to be seen.