Reports this morning have suggested Tottenham Hotspur are considering a complicated deal to sign £40 million rated attacking star Jackson Martinez from FC Porto.
With chairman Daniel Levy unlikely to commission a bid of that magnitude, Tottenham may have to include players in the deal with Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor tipped to be included.
It seems like the perfect scenario; Spurs get one of the most talented forwards in European football while offloading two players who have struggled since Pochettino was appointed at White Hart Lane.
However, one of Pochettino’s best qualities is his ability to apply common sense to complex situations.
While it’s attractive to sign Martinez, Tottenham would also need to sign another attacking player.
Offloading two players to sign Martinez as the only addition would leave him with just two available forwards in his squad, which would affect the system he plays and increase the strain on Harry Kane and Martinez, if he moved.
Tottenham are still fighting on all fronts, with a good chance of picking up more than one piece of silverware this season. The games come thick and fast and the manager needs options.
The replacement coming in would also be a difficult deal to do because that player would have to join knowing that he’s not going to be first choice.
Commonly, players who are available in the middle of a season are the sort of players who aren’t first choice at the clubs they’re moving from.
The logic behind a player moving from one club where he’s struggling for games to another where he’s likely to struggle for games is confusing. Not every player is a Javier Hernandez.
This is a deal which seems to rely on Porto wanting to accept Soldado and Adebayor as part of the equation.
A rival to Martinez’s signature may just put a huge cash sum on the table and tell Porto to spend it how they wish, rather than offer them two players who have hardly proven themselves to be as effective in top flight European football as Martinez.
Would he be a good signing for Spurs? Certianly. Is this a no brainer of a deal? Certainly not.