Manchester United are understood to be interested in signing Tottenham striker Harry Kane, with the Reds willing to pay up to £40m for the 21-year-old.
Kane remains 1/5 to be a Lilywhite after deadline day, compared to 3/1 to have joined United.
With the ceiling valuation eclipsing the £33m purloined from the Real Madrid coffers in return for Luka Modric in 2012, there is an argument that it might be a shrewd move to cash in on a player with just one strong season in the ledger.
However, Daniel Levy must resist the urge to cash in, given the Tottenham transfer hierarchy’s utterly moderate record when handed a sizeable kitty.
The squandering of the £85m windfall received in return for Gareth Bale is only the most recent reincarnation of a long-term urge to squander.
Of the £105m outlay in the summer of 2013, arguably only the combined £18.5m that bought Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen has proven particularly worthwhile.
That leaves a Bale-sized chunk of cash wasted on the likes of Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela and Paulinho.
When Modric beat his own path to the Spanish capital in 2012, they went for quality over quantity, bringing in eight bodies for £60m.
A couple, Jan Vertonghen and particularly Hugo Lloris, remain stalwarts to this day, but Emmanuel Adebayor and Mousa Demeble have since flattered to deceive.
Contemporary acquisitions Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lewis Holtby (loaned and bought in the winter window, Clint Dempsey and Zeki Fryers, meanwhile, have all long since departed.
Buys in the 2008 window, when Man Utd coughed up for £30m Dimitar Berbatov, were similarly slapdash, with only the £16m spent on Modric proving well invested.
The £14m-plus splurged on his direct replacement Roman Pavlyuchenko wasn’t the greatest bit of business with hindsight.
However, it looks positively ground-floor Apple-investoresque in comparison to the combined £27.8m shelled out for Heurelho Gomes, Giovanni dos Santos and David Bentley during the same window.