Could Bentaleb really end up doing a Campbell? Arsenal reportedly join interested observers

Nabil Bentaleb Spurs

If Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy knows what is good for him, he has to minimise the risk of Nabil Bentaleb leaving the club.

Tottenham could be in danger of letting another star player move to Arsenal over a contract dispute, according to the Telegraph, as discussions with Nabil Bentaleb about a new deal continue to drag on.

And it would be particularly bad news for Daniel Levy, whose first year in charge at Spurs saw club captain Sol Campbell defect to the Gunners

Campbell's switch to Arsenal in 2001 may have resulted in the silverware he had been unable to accumulate regularly at White Hart Lane, but it also completely undermined his 12 years at Spurs, meaning he will never be welcome at the club where he played his first professional game, won his first England cap, captained his first side and won his first trophy.

Though Campbell continues to publicly defend the switch, no player would want to destroy their relationship with fans that followed them longer than any other club.

No other player has made such a high profile move since on a free transfer, and in all probability, no one will again.

But clubs need to protect their assets, and Bentaleb doesn't have the same history or connection with Spurs as Campbell did. The Telegraph, among others, are reporting that Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have all scouted the 20-year-old after a campaign on what are modest wages for a regular Premier League player. The midfielder has three years remaining on his deal, but is in danger of suffering a breakdown in his relationship with the club as Levy refuses to offer him a salary deserving of his role in a top five team.

Tottenham fans may hope Bentaleb has more loyalty than their former England man, but Daniel Levy's reign as chairman would be massively called into question if the Algerian international was allowed to leave at this point in his career, let alone head across North London, when he is a youngster with such obvious talent.

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