Tottenham Hotspur have been exceptionally busy this transfer season but have yet to sell one of their players on the senior squad. That seems to be changing as the story from yesterday of Swansea City being interested in Nacer Chadli appears to have legs.
According to The Times UK, Swansea have all but confirmed their intent in the matter by lodging a bid in excess of £10m. The article is behind a paywall but the beginning excerpt is enough to give us the jist of the story.
Swansea City have offered in excess of £10 million for Nacer Chadli with the midfielder appearing increasingly likely to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
Chadli was mainly used as a substitute at the end of last season and took the blame for a mistake that led to a 1-0 defeat by West Ham United at Upton Park in March. Tottenham are close to completing a deal for Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, the Marseille winger, who completed a medical this week, signalling that Chadli’s time may be up.
Chadli is one of the three remaining members of the Bale Seven and has contributed some very important goals during his three year stay in North London. He's made 119 appearances overall for Tottenham, scoring 25 goals along the way. His 2014/2015 campaign was easily his best year with Spurs when he managed 11 goals in the Premier League alone.
Daniel Levy has reportedly made it clear that his valuation of Chadli is set at £15m. While I can sit here and say that Levy will never get that, Newcastle are going to somehow get £25m for Wijnaldum from Liverpool so anything is possible. Spurs paid FC Twente just £7.5m for the Belgian International, so Levy is looking to maximize his profit.
I've been a fan of Chadli's since he arrived at White Hart Lane. His goal against Arsenal and subsequent yellow card for mocking the Gunner faithful will always hold a place in my heart. He's also scored some outstanding goals from outside the box against Newcastle and Crystal Palace, though the latter of those two was overshadowed by the Dele Alli Goal of the Year.
The obvious issue here is that Chadli is now down in the pecking order and probably believes he should be getting more starts and playing time. While we can't say for sure who is ahead or behind of, we do know that Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, and Erik Lamela are the preferred starters in the attacking band with Harry Kane. That leaves Chadli to fight for playing time with Heung-Min Son, Josh Onomah, and the soon-to-be-arriving Georges-Kevin N'Koudou. Chadli would be a surefire starter with the Swans, who fended off relegation last season but were desperately lacking goal scorers.
There's no reason to believe that this isn't going to happen. Levy will surely try to squeeze every last bit of cash out of Swansea, but ultimately this appears to be a good landing spot for Chadli if and when it does happen. Eventually, though, it appears that White Hart Lane is going to be minus one Belgian in the coming days.