Tottenham Hotspur captain Younes Kaboul is being linked with a potential move to Besiktas, which could have knock on effects for the club’s vice-captain Hugo Lloris.
No formal offer has yet been made by the Turkish club for the Spurs skipper, but it’s evidence that the North Londoners will do business for any player, regardless of how they have been viewed by manager Mauricio Pochettino.
A few eyebrows were raised when Kaboul was named skipper ahead of Lloris, who is widely rated as the club’s best player based on his performances so far this season.
So what would it mean for the shot stopper if Kaboul was sent packing?
On the one hand, it could have a positive effect on Lloris’ relationship with the club.
Lloris would be the next in line to step up and replace Kaboul as captain, which would then make it difficult for him to leave if any top European team came in and started making offers for him.
It would be a reward in terms of status and a symbol of how importantly he’s viewed by Spurs, which is something that has to have an effect if Lloris has entertained the idea of leaving in the back of his mind.
On the other hand, it’s a sign that no Spurs star is bullet proof.
Pochettino made Kaboul captain, not to deceive him after a few months but generally because he would have felt that he was the right man and player to guide the side forward.
He now finds himself out of the side and staring at a possible exit when he may have felt that he’d end up finishing his career at White Hart Lane.
What it boils down to is an aspect that chairman Daniel Levy has always stressed during his time at the club; business.
Spurs under Levy are a business club.
Lloris as captain may well inspire him and convince him that Tottenham is where he wants to be, but if a side pays a huge fee for him, Levy is almost always certainly going to listen.