Tottenham have been linked with a move to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie (Calciomercato) and they could have bartering chip within their ranks.
Davinson Sanchez has lost his way at Tottenham and having been linked with a move to the San Siro, a deal could work in Jose Mourinho’s favour.
The Colombian centre-back started four of the first five games of the campaign but hasn’t been in the squad for five of the last six.
Sanchez was at fault for one of the goals last week as LASK held Spurs to a 3-3 draw in Austria – leaving Mourinho with plenty to ponder.
Kessie looks a nice fit for Tottenham.
He can operate as a defensive midfielder or in a more conventional midfield role.
Milan currently top Serie A and Kessie has scored four times and registered three assists in Stefano Poli’s team.
At 23 there is plenty more to come from the Ivory Coast international and he fits the profile of a Tottenham signing just nicely.
Due to his form this season, Milan have increased his valuation to £45 million, with Kessie under contract until 2023.
Tottenham could include Sanchez in the deal in order to try and lower the price, however.
The defender hasn’t really been a hit at all since his £42 million transfer from Ajax.
He has made 128 appearances for Spurs but has often struggled for consistency and is prone to making errors.
The £65,000-a-week player isn’t among the high-earning players at the club but Mourinho won’t want to stockpile players.
Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld have been the primary pairing at the back this year, with Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga in reserve.
Offloading Sanchez looks like a wise thing for Spurs to do.
If his departure helps them seal a deal with Milan for Kessie then it becomes an absolute no-brainer.