Paris Saint-Germain may have a clever plan to try and get their hands on Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen.
It centres around the saga surrounding their talented young French midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
The latest reports suggest Rabiot is very close to a move to Spurs, with Mauricio Pochettino gaining access to one of the most talented young midfielders in France.
At the same time, there have been reports this morning that PSG continue to monitor Eriksen from a distance.
PSG’s cunning plan to try and sign Eriksen may relate to Rabiot; the club letting Spurs have him in the first place and then potentially doing a deal in the summer.
The fact PSG haven’t allowed Tottenham to have a purchase option in Rabiot’s deal means that even if he plays out of his skin at White Hart Lane over the next few months, he will have to report back to PSG.
By that point he may well have become a key part of Mauricio Pochettino’s first team and PSG may well play on that to try and get some sort of swap deal on the go, which would see Eriksen heading to the French capital.
How Tottenham can prevent that from happening is very simple; get him to sign a new contract.
Eriksen’s current deal runs for another three years but football has seen many examples of clubs improving the contracts of their best players all the time, in order to stop them from being tempted to join other clubs.
If PSG don’t start putting in formal offers for Eriksen before the end of the month, that gives Tottenham time to talk with their play and his representatives to sort out a new agreement.
Sign a new deal, nip it in the bud and the only dilemma PSG will have in the summer is potentially fending off Tottenham’s attempts to secure Rabiot on a permanent basis.