Rodney Dangerfield once quipped, "It’s a jungle out there. You gotta look out for No. 1. But don't step in No. 2."
On the surface, this seems to be little more than conjecture of a club that needs a backup plan for the backup plan that was scratched after the first backup plan became obsolete.
To make a long story short, PSG are worried that current boss Carlo Ancelotti will be off to Real Madrid sooner or later and, with sporting director Leonardo in purgatory, someone needs to come in and hold the ship steady.
While it would seem likely that Daniel Levy and Co. at White Hart Lane would be a little reluctant to let AVB out, PSG have money to burn and have no problem throwing a few quid about.
And that, of course, is the central problem to much of Tottenham’s summer: Levy is a businessman looking for a deal; PSG, Monaco and the like throw money at the problems and solve them quickly.
The contrast between the styles of the Paris club and their London counterpart are very stout and divide opinion in the footballing world.
That does not mean, however, that AVB is inclined to either one, and given what one side is offering, it is going to be hard to turn down for the Portuguese.
Sure, PSG have a small tax law to contend with that means they have to shell out four times as much money as the contract says they have to, but they seem not to be bothered by it too much.
And Financial Fair Play? Please.
You really think UEFA is banning the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Thiago Silva and others?
That’s laughable at best.
The owners of PSG are going to splash the cash and that is always something that a manager wants to hear.
Part of the problem presented to Spurs is that if PSG is serious about making AVB the man, they will throw Levy a major financial bone to make it happen.
As a businessman, Levy will have a price for everything and everyone.
Would PSG be willing to match it? Is the sky blue based on light refraction and atmospheric scattering?
It then puts AVB under the microscope: Does he make the move with the promises of untold riches (not to mention a healthy pay packet) or hold steady at the place that gave him a second chance?
And if AVB were to decide that he’s off, does that mean a certain Welshman will make an exit too?
The decision, if it were to ever come to it, would sit in the lap of the Portuguese tactician.
What is worrisome is that the gung-ho mentality of PSG is exactly the kind of situation a manager wants from his board and owners.
Sure, the heat is on and failure is not an option, but any manager worth his salt thinks that he is going to carry the banner with no issue whatsoever.
Somewhere, deep down in the recesses of AVB’s tactical nous is a man who thinks he can go to any club in the world, nail down the job and win everything presented before him.
It would be helpful to Tottenham if that place was at White Hart Lane, not at the Parc de Princes.