Swansea have begun to reinvest their Wilfried Bony wedge in a cast-off Tottenham twosome for a sum of money that has prompted plenty of eyebrow raising.
Kyle Naughton and Tom Carroll, a pair of players with little chance of ever establishing themselves in the Spurs side, will cost a combined £10m according to widespread reports.
It would seem that Swans chairman Huw Jenkins, a man universally acknowledged as one of the shrewdest in the business, has fallen foul of Daniel Levy’s notorious negotiation devilry in agreeing to pay such a sizeable figure, but the Welshman should be ecstatic with the fruits of his parlay.
Spurs are a club the south Wales side have done plenty of business with of late, with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michel Vorm and Ben Davies among those moving in one direction or another between the two.
Of these three transfers, Swansea have undeniably got the better of their north London counterparts on each occasion.
Icelandic playmaker Sigurdsson was traded for left-back Davies as the Liberty Stadium outfit decided to forgo the £10m they had miraculously convinced Spurs to pay for the 21-year-old.
He has since started just seven league games this term and is currently behind Danny Rose, the man he was brought in to replace, in the Tottenham pecking order.
In agreeing to let Spurs keep their £10m, Swansea – 27/20 to beat Blackburn in the FA Cup next – landed one of the Premier League’s finest attacking midfield talents.
The former Hoffenheim conjurer has laid on eight assists and weighed in with four goals of his own in 21 outings this term.
With players like Adam Lallana, who operate in a similar position to Sigurdsson, commanding fees of £25m this summer, moves don’t come much smoother than landing such a talent in exchange for a replaceable left-back.
Vorm is another asset Spurs raided Swansea for.
The Dutchman joined the White Hart Lane club for £2.5m as an understudy for Hugo Lloris.
This doesn’t seem like a lot of money, but when you consider that he missed 25 per cent of their league games in each of the previous two seasons prior to leaving and was replaced with free transfer Lukas Fabianski, they’ve done well out of this deal too.
In Naughton they’re signing a full-back who, not dissimilarly to Ryan Bertrand, has spent the bulk of his career on the periphery at a Premier League heavyweight.
Having impressed on his loan excursions, the former Sheffield United man has talent and, like Bertrand at Southampton, may well flourish with unbridled first-team access.
Likewise, Carroll is a lynchpin of Gareth Southgate’s England Under-21 team and has featured 11 times for the Swans this term so is clearly a valued member of Monk’s squad.
For a promising, English player, £5m is standard fare and in Swansea’s possession-focused approach is likely to enhance his development.