Belgium sealed their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup with a late 1-0 victory over group rivals Russia, but while the result is great news for Red Devils fans, it’s unlikely to be received with the same delight at White Hart Lane.
With a number of Belgian stars already in the Spurs ranks and a few more set to move to Tottenham in the coming months, a prolonged World Cup means prolonged uncertainty over these transfers. We look at five of the best who could be heading in and out of the north London club.
The 21-year-old has so far failed to discover the form that made him such a potent attacking threat for Everton at this World Cup with two games and no goals to his name.
But that is unlikely to put Tottenham off the scent, with Spurs among the sides chasing a deal for the Chelsea outcast, having seen him score 15 goals in 31 games for the Toffees last term.
A poor World Cup could even play into their hands – putting the likes of Juventus off a bid and reducing his potential price in the process.
A mainstay of the Belgium first XI, Alderweireld has not found it quite so easy at club level, playing just 12 La Liga games for Atletico Madrid following a €7 million summer switch from Dutch Eredivisie champions Ajax.
Atleti boss Diego Simeone could cash in on a good World Cup for Belgium, with the versatile defender linked with a move to White Hart Lane following a season in which Tottenham have struggled for cover and competition in the back line.
Like Lukaku, Mirallas headed into this World Cup off the back of a fantastic year at Everton but while the wide-man is at Goodison Park on a permanent deal, he could also follow the bulky striker out of the door, having impressed in brief spells during the first two fixtures in Brazil.
Tottenham have made no secret of their interest in the former Olympiacos star and with new manager Mauricio Pochettino keen to add more quality to the Lilywhites squad, a big summer bid could be on the cards.
A defender who has cut an increasingly frustrated figure following a season in which Spurs stumbled domestically with heavy losses to Premier League rivals like Manchester City and Liverpool, Vertonghen could opt for a move away from White Hart Lane, though he may stay in England.
Manchester United have already identified the former Ajax man as a potential target and with any move to Old Trafford offering the chance to work with Dutch football legend Louis van Gaal, the Belgian may be open to the idea.
Impressive with first English club Fulham, Dembele has enjoyed a solid start to his Tottenham career and remains an important part of Belgium’s World Cup plans.
That hasn’t stopped a number of clubs from expressing an interest though, including Serie A side Napoli, who are reportedly planning to launch a bid for the midfielder this summer. Play well for Marc Wilmot's team and should a big money bid come in, Spurs could do well to consider striking a deal.