News emerged yesterday courtesy of The Sun that Manchester City were keen to sign Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks, with a £40 million bid in the offing.
The report also suggests that boss Jose Mourinho could be willing to sell the 24-year-old, despite him only signing a five-year contract last summer.
If the Portuguese boss is adamant that he wants to sell then he could work the departure in his favour and ask for a player from City as part of the deal.
The Telegraph have previously linked Tottenham with a move for Citizens defender John Stones and signing him in a deal plus cash for Winks could be ideal.
Some Spurs fans wouldn’t perhaps be overly fussed on Stones arriving at the club but without the huge outlay of a transfer fee, it could be more palatable.
After four years at City, Stones looks to be on borrowed time and at £20 million he could prove a pretty decent signing for someone.
At 26, Stones still has plenty of football left in his legs and with 162 Premier League appearances to his name, it’s fair to say he knows the division.
The ex-Everton man has 39 caps for England and his ball-playing capabilities could make him ideal for Mourinho.
Winks has proved himself as one of Spurs’ top-performing midfielders and last season finished with a pass success ration of 98.7% from his 41 matches in all competitions (Who Scored).
Spurs are short in the central defensive department, with Jan Vertonghen leaving during the summer.
Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez are at the club but Mourinho will surely seek another one.
If he is hellbent on offloading Winks to Manchester City, then he could do a lot worse than suggest Stones as part of the deal, bolstering his own defensive ranks in the process.