Chelsea might be edging closer to frustrating Tottenham Hotspur once again via a potential exchange of Kurt Zouma for Jules Kounde.
Fabrizio Romano rocked the boat on Tuesday by stating that the Blues had entered into discussions with Sevilla about Kounde.
He later thickened the plot by suggesting that Zouma could be included in a possible trade deal for the centre-back’s services.
Permitted there are any visiting this site, Tottenham fans will have read those last two sentences through gritted teeth.
Mainly because they have been linked to both Kounde and Zouma this summer.
Romano himself stated that Spurs had identified the Chelsea defender as a viable option to bolster their back-line.
Meanwhile, their run-ins with Sevilla have stretched out for months.
Although, Kounde has made it pretty clear he wants Champions League football from whichever club he joins next.
Sorry Spurs, but you simply cannot offer the Frenchman such a delicacy.
And if Chelsea do manage to swap Zouma for his international teammate, then it would go down as a double dunk on their London rivals.
Gazza and Hazza
It would not be the first time the Blues have thwarted Tottenham in the last ten years.
Rewind to 2012. Gary Cahill arrives at Stamford Bridge in January, with Eden Hazard to follow suit in the coming months.
In an alternate universe, both players may have been landing at White Hart Lane instead.
Jamie Redknapp revealed to the Daily Mail that his father wanted to sign Cahill whilst he was Spurs manager.
“I went to one of those games against Tottenham and I remember my dad saying afterwards: ‘I’ve got to sign him, he’s different class.’ Then you went to Chelsea!
“I know for a fact one of my dad’s big regrets is missing out on you.”
Harry Redknapp would be pipped by Chelsea again that year, this time to Hazard’s signature.
“I met Hazard in a hotel in Paris. He was up for coming to Tottenham,” admitted Redknapp in an interview with Sky Sports last March.
Whisk away Willian
Just over 12 months on from that disappointment, Spurs were obstructed again by their capital city enemy.
Willian was on the verge of joining Tottenham in 2013, only to lose out at the final second as Chelsea came crashing in for the Brazilian.
Loss on Ross
Ross Barkley would be next to settle upon blue over white, with the decision going virtually right down to the finishing line of the 2018 January window.
Barkley had been on Tottenham’s radar for some time, yet injuries and pricing put off their efforts somewhat, which allowed the Blues to swoop in at the last minute.
Hitch in the Kovacic plan
Another midfielder subjected to a tug of war was Mateo Kovacic.
Chelsea did have an advantage in this race, considering the Croatian initially spent a season on loan in SW6.
This didn’t stop Spurs from showing interest in Kovacic, yet they came second best once more.
We have to go back in time for the Blues remaining hindrance of their footballing neighbours.
Armando Broja was originally scouted by Spurs and was added to their Under-9s side.
“I went to a tournament with Burnham Juniors and there was a Spurs scout there watching,” said the striker to the club website.
“He actually came to watch another player in my team but I ended up winning Player of the Tournament and he took me on instead, so I went to Tottenham and signed for them.”
It wasn’t long before Chelsea came calling and eventually persuaded the Albanian to come to Cobham.
And you wonder why the two teams dislike each other!