According to a recent report from the London Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Benjamin Stambouli has his heart set on a move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, with the French club said to be keen to bring him back to Ligue 1.
At first glance the proposed move seems to be one of a player who did not get many chances at White Hart Lane leaving for more familiar surroundings, but could Tottenham use PSG’s proposed interest to get a new player of their own?
After all, back in January, Tottenham were heavily linked with a move for PSG youngster Adrien Rabiot, with French publication Le Parisien claiming the then-19-year-old was a priority target for Spurs’ new head of recruitment Paul Mitchell.
The report claimed Mitchell had become a big admirer of Rabiot during his time at Southampton, when he watched plenty of youth tournaments, so could the Tottenham man finally get what he wants?
It would not be a straight swap deal were it to happen, with Rabiot worth more than the £5.5million the Standard claims Tottenham want for Stambouli, but there could be a way to please both parties, with the older midfielder used as a makeweight.
Rabiot is a gifted player who would help Tottenham’s pursuit of silverware and a potential return to the top four, so Mitchell may well try to get a player he appears to have admired for quite some time if Stambouli heads in the other direction.