Tottenham have been repeatedly linked with Lucas Alario over the past few days, and whilst the story has got a little carried away with itself, it’s not the craziest transfer idea.

The Sun covered Alario’s contract renewal over the weekend and said: ‘But Alario – who dreams of playing in Europe at some point – made sure a release clause inserted to put himself in the shop window.

And Marca claim Mauricio Pochettino is plotting a swoop in 2017 to bolster his attacking options.’

Marca didn’t say Tottenham are plotting a swoop, just that they, along with Premier League rivals Liverpool, are interested in the player.

In South America, a contract renewal can often make a sale more likely, tying up the ownership of the player, with all parties agreeing the financial conditions for a transfer in advance.

Alario’s new clause is €18m, the highest in Argentina, and just a couple of days after his renewal, the 23 year old showed public frustration with his manager.

River Plate had a player sent and manager Marcello Gallardo decided it would be Alario who was sacrificed. The footballer wasn’t happy at all, with Argentina’s Infobae saying ‘the attacker showed his annoyance’.

It wasn’t a big strop, by any stretch of the imagination, but with English interest now being reported, Alario’s every move is going to become more scrutinised.