This week saw Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville get into a heated debate regarding Tottenham Hotspur. Carra felt that Tottenham have not backed their manager financially in recent times. Neville was the more fiscal thinking of the pair, suggesting that Tottenham cannot spend money that is not there.
One argument that did pop up regarded Liverpool’s sale of Philippe Coutinho. The Reds sold the Brazilian to Barcelona in January for a fee of £146 million.
That money has certainly gone straight back into the first-team. Liverpool have been able to buy the likes of Alisson, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri. Tottenham, in the meanwhile, signed nobody in the summer.
Tottenham clearly have problems emerging from their new stadium, which has overrun into the new season. Finances are being kept tight as a result.
However, Spurs must start wondering whether selling one big star, to improve the club overall, could be the way forward.
The first player who springs to mind is Christian Eriksen. The Danish playmaker has emerged as a brilliant talent in recent times. The likes of Real Madrid, PSG and Barcelona have all been linked. That trio could certainly pack a financial punch.
Tottenham brought Eriksen at a bargain price as part of their rebuild post-Gareth Bale, although only Erik Lamela also remains from the slew of flops that came in that summer.
Now they have a chance to cash in on the Dane and could easily command a fee approaching £100 million given the teams interested and the current market.
In Dele Alli, they have a replacement and Harry Winks is developing into an impressive option as well. Cashing in on Eriksen whilst his stock is high makes business sense. If Tottenham could then use the money for a new central midfielder, a better back-up for Harry Kane and a few other additions, it might just be a reluctant, but correct, decision to sell.