Tottenham Hotspur are fearful of losing Nabil Bentaleb after his consistently excellent performances over the past year, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
Bentaleb has emerged as a potential star of the future since breaking into Tottenham's first-team and the Mail says that some of Europe's top clubs are interested.
Spurs are apparently determined not to lose the 20-year-old, but they realise they are under pressure to get the Algeria international's contract sorted quickly.
Although Bentaleb is tied down at White Hart Lane until 2018, they are said to be concerned that his head could be turned by the interest, as his current pay-packet isn't on a par with most Premier League footballers.
As a result, Spurs are reportedly preparing to give Bentaleb a huge pay-rise and will offer him a £35,000-a-week deal to try and convince him to remain in North London.
How big a blow would losing Bentaleb be for Spurs?
Tottenham simply cannot afford to lose Bentaleb for two reasons.
Firstly, they would be losing a key player from their starting line-up and, secondly, the message that it would send out to the rest of the squad would be completely wrong.
Spurs have begun to start producing their own talent, but if they were to lose Bentaleb at such an early stage of his career they could begin to be viewed as a stepping stone club and see others follow suit once they make the grade.
As a result, tying Bentaleb's future down may be the most important business that Spurs do in the coming months and the club will surely be trying to persuade him to put pen to paper soon.