Tottenham will only pursue Chelsea winger Willian – if they off-load Erik Lamela first.
Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with a summer move for the Blues’ Brazilian ace, who was brought to Stamford Bridge by the Portuguese coach.
However, according to sources close to the Spurs hierarchy, Mourinho has been told he must sell first to have any hope of landing Willian a second time.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is not prepared to sanction the signing of the South American, who earns £120,000-a-week, even though he will be a free transfer at the end of the 2019-20 season.
Money is tight amid the coronavirus outbreak and Levy reckons the north Londoners already have a surplus of wide players.
In addition to Argentine playmaker Lamela, Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura, Ryan Sessegnon, Steven Bergwijn and Moussa Sissoko can all operate on the flanks.
From that group, Lamela, 28, is the most likely to be moved on when the transfer window opens – with Spurs ready to listen to offers of around £20million.
The ex-Roma star moved to White Hart Lane in 2013 but his time in England has been severely hampered by back and hip problems.
They prevented him from being a regular starter under previous boss Mauricio Pochetinno – and that situation has continued since Mourinho assumed the reins last November.
During seven seasons with Spurs, Lamela, who cost £12m, has made 146 league appearances, scoring just 16 times.
Those stats are in stark contrast to Willian’s consistent form at Chelsea over the same period.
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