The forever-frayed relations between Tottenham and Chelsea are sure to be further soured by the Blues’ intentions to gazump their north London neighbours in the battle for a sought-after capital city commodity.
Having had wing duo Willian and Mo Salah stolen from their clutches by their cash-rich neighbours in recent seasons, the Lilywhites must be terrified of entering any business venture where a danger of the Stamford Bridge outfit muscling in is prevalent, so many a bed will have been wetted over plans for a temporary move to Wembley.
Spurs wish to use the national stadium for the 2017/18 season while their White Hart Lane stronghold is being redeveloped, but Chelsea harbour the same desires and are prepared to pay more to ensure they’re handed the keys to the home of football.
The Blues require the venue for a three-year stint as they prepare for a bout of homelessness brought on by the construction of their new ground, with the first of these seasons clashing with the campaign Spurs are also set to sofa surf.
Assuming Chelsea’s fatter purse lends them favour with the FA, this will be the latest instalment in the growing chronicles of geographical frustrations for Tottenham inflicted upon them by those they abhor more than any other.
The first known example occurred in 1913, when despised foe Arsenal upped sticks from their Woolwich dwelling to the north London location of Highbury, causing many on-the-fence Lilywhites supporters to defect.
More frustration followed over a century later, when West Ham beat them to occupancy of the Olympic Stadium following a heated duel between two teams desperate to get their hands on a publicly funded state-of-the-art arena.
Now Chelsea look set to complete a hat-trick of Spurs slights, by outbidding them out of Wembley, simultaneously forcing the north Londoners to contemplate the prospect of ground-sharing with the MK Dons, situated over 50 miles away from their present base.
It’s 3/5 the Blues get the keys to the national stadium, as opposed to 6/5 saying the FA lease it to the Lilywhites.