Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was claimed by The Guardian this week to have signalled to the club his intent to move on this summer.
The popular French international is reported to be desperate to play Champions League football again as he once did for Lyon, with Spurs looking set to miss out on the top four once again.
Selling to a rival is a situation Spurs would clearly rather avoid. Yet at the right price chairman Daniel Levy has shown a willingness to do so in the past with Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov. Hugo Lloris is a key player, but he is not Gareth Bale.
There is a deal which Spurs could work to their advantage, which would suit both themselves and Manchester United.
Hugo Lloris in exchange for Victor Valdes and Javier Hernandez (plus cash?)
Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes was picked up by Manchester United as a free agent earlier this year, and even featured against Spurs for the under-21s.
He is coming off a major knee injury, yet United were convinced enough to sign him, and his record as a three times Champions League winner speaks volumes.
If Tottenham could get him in he could be a clever replacement for Hugo Lloris, while still allowing a chance for Michel Vorm to claim the place as his own if Valdes takes his time to recapture his best.
The second player they should look at should be Javier Hernandez, who proved his ability as a goal poacher by being in the right place at the right time to net for Real Madrid last night against Atletico.
The Mexican international is on loan at Real, and would be a perfect complement to Harry Kane in attack. He is proven in the Premier League, and would not necessarily supplant the England man as a lead forward, but work with him and be unlikely to kick up a fuss when he is benched.
Selling Lloris and getting these two players in exchange would address two areas which would need strengthening, as opposed to simply selling the Frenchman for big money to another team, they would have ready made additions to their squad.