Mauricio Pochettino might want to see Nabil Bentaleb leave the club this summer, but it could prove difficult to find a willing taker.
The Independent yesterday reported that the club want at least £10m for Bentaleb and that few Premier League clubs are interested at that price.
This could be bad news for Spurs, as reports from Portugal claim that Bentaleb’s agent has turned down a move to Benfica on behalf of his client, as the Algerian wants to stay in England.
If Bentaleb remains determined to stay in the Premier League but no club will match his valuation, a loan deal would seem the most likely way forward.
With four years remaining on his contract, Tottenham could allow Bentaleb to leave on a season-long loan deal without having to worry about his value declining dramatically. Indeed, should Bentaleb find a club where he can play regularly again and rebuild his reputation, his value could very well increase.
In the long-term a loan deal for Bentaleb could work well for Spurs, but if Pochettino was hoping to boost his transfer fund this summer, he might be disappointed.