Tottenham increased Harry Kane's wages last week. Was that a pre-emptive move?
He may not be the only one, with Dele Alli also set to increase his earnings from £60,000 per week to £100,000, The Evening Standard report.
Kane's deal in particular raises the club's previously restrictive wage barrier, and it also lays the groundwork for a marquee signing.
The big name in the frame is former Spurs ace Gareth Bale, with The Independent reporting he is keen on a return to Tottenham.
Kane's increased contract makes it easier for Spurs to tempt Bale back, as it saves having to re-negotiate with the striker afterwards.
If Bale was to return, it would have been on big wages regardless, where he would have been the club's top earner as he would have to take a dip from his Real Madrid salary in any case.
Bale coming back as Tottenham's highest earner would have led to Harry Kane's agents pushing for a raise, along with several of Spurs' other top players.
Tottenham appear to have been saving themselves the complication, by doing all of this early, ahead of a potential big name addition.
Now all that's missing is the Welshman...