When Schalke signed Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb on loan in the summer, the contract contained a clause which stated that the German side would make the deal a permanent one if the 22-year-old started 20 league games for the club.

However, BILD claim that the figure was reduced to 18 games due to Bentaleb’s involvement at the Africa Cup of Nations and as such, he could reach the clause-matching figure this weekend.

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If the report is accurate, Spurs will get around €19million for the Algerian international, a decent fee for a player who Mauricio Pochettino is seemingly happy to let leave.

Although Bentaleb has played well in the Bundesliga this season, Spurs are unlikely to be worried about losing him permanently as they already have plenty of midfield options, especially in terms of forward-thinking midfielders.

The €19million in the bank will be a huge bonus for Spurs if they do look to spend big in the summer.