In Focus: Tottenham unlikely to sell Wanyama to Premier League rival as Chelsea circle

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama, rated at £27m according to Transfermarkt, is reportedly being monitored by Premier League rivals Chelsea.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Mail says the Blues, along with top flight rivals Manchester United and Liverpool, have all noted that the Kenya international has only been sparingly used by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino following his return from a knee injury.

While the 26-year-old has started the FA Cup ties against AFC Wimbledon and Newport County, he has predominantly been named on the substitutes’ bench for their other eight fixtures he has been available for.

That has caught the attention of Blues boss Antonio Conte according to the Daily Mail, who has praised the midfielder in the past.

How has Wanyama done this season?

The midfielder only played Tottenham’s opening two Premier League games of the campaign before suffering an injury that kept him on the sidelines until 2018, but he has struggled to get back into the starting XI since then with Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier currently ahead of him in the pecking order.

The 26-year-old made an instant impression as a substitute in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield earlier this month when he scored a brilliant long-range goal, but he has played just six minutes in the two matches against Arsenal and Juventus since then.

Would Tottenham be willing to sell him?

It seems unlikely.

The midfielder’s contract doesn’t run out until 2021 and while he hasn’t been a regular in the team in recent weeks aside from in the FA Cup, it may just be that Mauricio Pochettino is making sure he doesn’t rush the Kenyan back too soon following his injury, and he seems to be acting similarly with teammate Toby Alderweireld.

Wanyama is likely to see more minutes in the remaining months of the campaign, and it would be no surprise if he was a permanent fixture in the XI again sooner rather than later.

Even if Spurs were willing to move him on, it seems unlikely that they would want to sell the 26-year-old to a direct Premier League rival, and while those clubs can continue to watch developments they appear unlikely to get the former Southampton and Celtic man.