Tottenham Hotspur have done so well in the transfer window to date; they wouldn't throw it all away by selling their best players...would they?
The transfer window is a funny thing: sometimes it leads to inspired signings and other times to acts of foolishness that seem inexplicable to outside observers.
While some football clubs panic, others thoughtfully go about their business solving problems rather than causing them, and this summer at least Tottenham currently fall firmly into the latter category.
In short, Tottenham’s summer business has been exactly as it should be: focused.
The first task was strengthening a defence that came in for plenty of criticism last season, and manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy have done that brilliantly.
Kieran Trippier is a fine addition at right-back; a player who was an ever-present for Burnley last season and brings with him a level of consistency needed in that position.
Kevin Wimmer is a wonderful young talent who will get plenty of game-time next season in the cup competitions and could ultimately forge a wonderful partnership with Eric Dier.
And then there is Toby Alderweireld; the best signing of the lot and a player who immediately solves one of Tottenham’s biggest problems last season.
There is still plenty of work to do, with another central midfielder, a new winger and a quality additional striker all required, but Tottenham have started as they will mean to go on and that bodes well not just for the rest of the summer but also for next season.
And yet rumours persists that Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane could be on their way to Manchester United, with Sky Sports claiming Louis van Gaal’s side have an interest in the young striker and the Independent among the many outlets suggesting the Frenchman could be on his way to Old Trafford.
But here is the thing: Tottenham have been so effective in their summer transfers thus far, solving some of their problems and in time potentially doing the same with others, that it would be downright ludicrous to sell either of their two best players.
Of course fans will say they have no intention of doing that, and hopefully that will be the case, because if Spurs keep their best players and continue to sign smartly, they could be on the verge of something great.