Only three players remain at Spurs from Franco Baldini's infamous 2013 summer transfer spending spree. The other four have come and gone, but now there are reports that Nacer Chadli could be the next to depart.
According to the Mirror, Swansea City are interesting in buying the 26-year-old Belgian. Here's the meat of their article:
Spurs are understood to value Chadli, 26, at around £15m, a fee would represent a club record for Swansea and is more than double the £7m Spurs paid FC Twente to sign Chadli three years ago.
He has scored 25 goals in 119 appearances in his three seasons in north London but could be allowed to move on after falling down the pecking order last season.
£15 million would be a nice fee to collect on Chadli, and would represent good business done by Spurs. It's not clear yet whether Swansea are willing to meet Spurs' asking price. Even though it would be their club record transfer fee, £15 million is not an astronomical fee for a club like Swansea to pay these days.
The move also makes sense for Tottenham, who are reportedly close to signing Georges-Kévin N'Koudou from Marseille. With N'Koudou coming in, and the status of Clinton N'Jie up in the air, there is a bit of a depth chart traffic jam developing on the wings. We know Erik Lamela isn't going anywhere, and Mauricio Pochettino seems to favor Son Heung-Min over Chadli.
It's true that Nacer has fallen down the pecking order at Spurs, but he's still been a good servant to the club during his time in North London. Chadli was one of the only bright spots in that awful season under AVB and Tim Sherwood, if you can remember his game against Benfica. Then the following season this man scored away to Arsenal and had the audacity to "shush" the Emirates!!
Even last season when he did play he continued to have a random knack for popping up with a goal. He shouldn't be a first choice player, but that's not a bad type of player to have in your squad.
I'm assuming that if we sell Chadli we'll have another Belgian lined up quickly to maintain our quota. If not, maybe we should hold off on this transfer.
If the following tweet doesn't make you cry, you're not human.
Not sure if, when and how Dolphins sleep but think I'm off now had a good weekend, thanks. #Dolphin— Nacer Chadli (@NChadli) December 21, 2014