Manchester City's William Carvalho hopes make Tottenham's Victor Wanyama signing even more inspired

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates after the match

Tottenham Hotspur paid Southampton a paltry fee for Victor Wanyama - far lower than Sporting Lisbon will demand from Manchester City for William Carvalho.

In an era of truly astronomical transfer fees, where Real Madrid are willing to pay £38 million for a 16-year-old without batting an eyelid, Tottenham Hotspur’s signing of Victor Wanyama in 2016 is as much an anomalie as it was a stroke of pure inspiration.

Spurs shelled out just £12.5 million to reunite the Kenyan enforcer with his former Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane, as reported by The Guardian.

And while Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen may have hogged the headlines as the country’s most expressive football team ran Antonio Conte’s bullish Chelsea surprisingly close for the Premier League title, the smart money was on Wanyama as the undisputed signing of the season.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero in action with Tottenham's Victor Wanyama Tottenham's Victor Wanyama

Blessed with fearsome physical strength as well as underrated technical ability, Wanyama dominated the big-money midfields of both Manchester City and the Champions as Spurs earned 2-0 wins against them in North London last season.

Not bad for a player who cost around £20 million less than Arsenal paid Borussia Monchengladbach for yellow-card collecting Swiss Granit Xhaka.

And with The Sun claiming that Manchester City target William Carvalho is valued at £35 million by Sporting Lisbon, the deal to take Wanyama to the capital looks even more impressive.

Now, Carvalho may have played a major role as Portugal won the European Championships on French soil last summer while also boasting plenty of Champions League experience with the Lisbon giants. However, there is no reason to believe he is in any way a superior operator to his defensive midfield counterpart Wanyama.

Portugal's William Carvalho and Sweden's Oscar Lewicki in action William Carvalho

Yet, a City side who finished two places below Spurs last season would have to pay £22.5 million more.

And that perhaps sums up the difference between the Qatari-backed Mancunians and Tottenham. While one spends big on established stars, the other unearths diamonds in the relative rough before raising their level well beyond expectations.

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