Reports have sprung up today saying that Tottenham and Aston Villa have been considering making a move for Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis. Given the fact that both clubs have struggled to score a lot this season, it would be a move that makes plenty of sense. 30-year-old Gomis has scored in every single match he has played in this year and is a huge part of the reason that Swans are looking so good.
But don't get too excited about the rumours as they've got two major problems. The first is that they rely on the "fact" that Gomis has a £7 million release clause. I've put fact in scare quotes there because if it were true, it would be hard to imagine that Spurs haven't already triggered that. Or a number of other teams. £7 million is not a lot and Gomis has certainly justified that already this season. Need someone to help you at the deadline? Pay £7 million and get goals!
It's too good of a deal to pass up, and the fact that it has been passed up suggests that it's not a real thing. So immediately I already don't trust this rumour.
But even beyond that, let's assume for a minute that somehow everyone is passing up on a great deal. A release clause does not force a player to move. Imagine Aston Villa trigger that clause and you're Gomis. Do you want to go to a club who have struggled for half of a decade or would you rather stay at Swansea where you helped the team to their second-best finish last season and are on pace to do better this year?
The idea that Gomis would leave Swansea for anything Aston Villa could offer is laughable. At this point Swansea are unquestionably a better club. So don't put too much stock in the Gomis rumours. He probably doesn't have a release clause, and even if he does he's probably not coming to Villa.