Tottenham Hotspur may have been presented with a great opportunity to enhance their squad during the January transfer window, but they must be prepared to spend some funds.
With Spurs named as the 13th richest club in the world today by Deloitte, as reported by the BBC, supporters of the London side could have been forgiven for expecting more investment in their team, but the Daily Mail reports that they have decided not do any business, in terms of incoming transfers, in the coming weeks.
Spurs are seemingly more intent on selling players, but they may have the chance to seriously add quality to their squad thanks to one of their London rivals.
Chelsea are closing in on a deal for Juan Cuadrado, according to the Daily Mail, and that could force Andre Schurrle out of the club.
The Mail says that the German is available for a fee of around £27 million and if Spurs are serious about their top-four ambitions it is a price that they must pay to increase their opportunity to break into the European elite, should the opportunity present itself.
Schurrle's quality is undoubted and he is the sort of player that Tottenham should be in the market for if they are looking to upgrade their squad.
A World Cup winner and a proven Premier League scorer, the 24-year-old winger is one of the best players in the country and Spurs should change their stance for him.
Tottenham's reluctance to buy in the window because of their caution towards overpaying out of desperation was previously understandable, but they would be letting a huge opportunity slip through their hands if they allow Schurrle to leave Stamford Bridge unopposed.
At the moment, the Mail claims that Wolfsburg are interested in him, but the chance to move to a club where he wouldn't have to relocate and would have a direct chance to prove his old employers wrong may be an attractive proposition.
Schurrle would be as close a buy to a guaranteed success as Spurs could hope for and there would even be some resale value in doing a deal, due to his relatively young age, which should satisfy Daniel Levy.
It would also mean that Spurs would possess one of the most feared forward lines in the whole of England. A quartet featuring Schurrle alongside Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane would be a tantalising prospect, which could trouble any defence in the world.
The deal could be the perfect January transfer for Tottenham to complete if they just show some ambition in the window and the £27 million fee would look like small change if it were to secure them Champions League football.