Tottenham Hotspur are currently sitting above London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League table.
It is fair to say that money is not falling from a tree in north London, with both Tottenham and Arsenal having relatively quiet windows last month and even during the summer transfer window. In actual fact, it has been complete and utter silence at Spurs.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have gone two transfer windows without signing a single player, and truth be told, you wouldn’t have known it if you assessed the job the Argentinian has done this season.
On the other hand, while the Gunners barely dipped one hand in their pockets for new manager Unai Emery in the summer, they didn’t really make much of a statement in January either. Unlike over the road, you can visually see the problems at the Emirates.
Nonetheless, the London duo could potentially be competing to sign Roma midfielder Steven Nzonzi in the summer, with both parties interested in his services, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato.
If the 30-year-old had a choice to pick either team then there is no doubt he should move to the more luxury, forward-thinking and beneficial surroundings of White Hart Lane.
Off the bat, the defensive-minded player is more than likely guaranteed Champions League football with Tottenham, while he will also get the opportunity to work with one of the best coaches in the country and play with much better players.
At Arsenal, it is like a sinking ship, with no signs of improvements since Arsene Wenger’s departure and no sign of ambition from those above.
There is no doubt that Emery could do with the experience and presence of Nzonzi in the middle of the park because their defensive troubles are there for all to see.
Over the course of this season, Pochettino has played Moussa Sissoko in a more defensive role and the Frenchman has thrived by becoming an integral part of his plans.
But with Victor Wanyama’s injury problems, a player of Nzonzi’s qualities, depending on the price tag, would perhaps be a clever signing from Spurs because he would add depth and quality to the squad.
During his career, he has played in the Premier League for Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City, while he has also lifted the World Cup with France and the Europa League with Sevilla under Emery’s stewardship (transfermarkt).