If Pochettino makes this midfielder his first Spurs signing, who will leave?

Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso is reportedly expected to sign for Tottenham, joining up with compatriot Mauricio Pochettino.

Former Real Madrid midfielder Cambiasso, who turns 34 in August, is a free agent having been released by Inter Milan this summer. The Argentine international missed out on a place in Alejandro Sabella's World Cup squad, but he has been a consistent player for the Serie A giants for ten years having failed to make much of an impact in a star-studded Real side.

Cambiasso, who will be most well known for finishing off a sensational team move against Serbia and Montenegro at the 2006 World Cup, is now on the lookout for a new club, and whilst some reports had suggested he would return to his native Argentina, speculation this weekend has linked him with a move to White Hart Lane.

New manager Pochettino, who recently left Premier League rivals Southampton in order to take over from Tim Sherwood in North London, will be looking to strengthen his squad in order to try and break into the top four at the first time of asking - and adding an experienced head in midfield like Cambiasso could be the way to get the best out of the likes of Paulinho, Mousa Dembele, Sandro, Etienne Capoue, Lewis Holtby and youngster Nabil Bentaleb.

Yet with some of those players linked with exits from White Hart Lane, who would be most likely to leave if Cambiasso did arrive in North London?

Paulinho and Dembele are predominantly box-to-box players, and whilst they endured difficult spells under Sherwood, they would both fit well alongside a holding player like Cambiasso, and figure to play bigger roles under Pochettino next season. It may take big offers to prise them away from Spurs, and Cambiasso's potential arrival shouldn't have too much of a direct impact on their futures - and much of the same can be said for the returning Holtby.

However, Cambiasso will predominantly want to sit in front of the back four, breaking up play and starting attacks. Of the current central midfielders at the club, that most suits what Sandro and Capoue like to do, and with both players still harbouring international recalls, they could see Cambiasso's arrival as the signal that they are no longer needed at the club.

They will no doubt have plenty of suitors around Europe, and we could even see both leave this summer - but at least one of them figure to be leaving the club if Cambiasso does sign shortly.

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