It looked likely anyway, but the chances are ever increasing that Tottenham Hotspur will be in the market for a centre-half soon.
Toby Alderweireld has a contract that will expire at the end of the season and, although Spurs can activate an option for a further year, the Belgian will presumably leave at the end of the current campaign.
According to the Mirror, the latest potential replacement is Fiorentina's Nikola Milenkovic - a 20-year-old Serbian who moved to Tuscany a year ago.
Milenkovic is highly rated, with Manchester United also reportedly keeping an eye on him, but it says a lot about another player at Spurs, Davinson Sanchez, should Mauricio Pochettino move for him.
Alderweireld is an elite, experienced defender who can comfortably be called one of the best in the division, and replacing him looks nigh-on impossible; as it would for any side.
It looks, however, as though Spurs will not actually attempt to replace his experience at all if they move for Milenkovic and they would likely 'promote' Sanchez to Alderweireld's role.
Expecting him to step up would be a huge show of faith in the Colombian. He is only 22, with just over a year of experience in the Premier League, after all.
But it could be a sensible, hugely profitable gamble. Should Milenkovic and Sanchez both thrive in North London, Tottenham would have a centre-back pairing that could lead them for a long time.
Replacing the Jan Vertonghen/Alderweireld partnership will be one of the toughest tasks that Spurs face, but this could be the way to do it.
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