Gareth Bale’s expensive move to Real Madrid is inching closer, with Tottenham Hotspur’s sporting director, Franco Baldini, in the Spanish capital to negotiate the details.
While there, Baldini is also reportedly meeting with representatives from Serie A club Roma, to discuss the potential transfer to Spurs of 21-year-old Argentine star-in-the-making, Erik Lamela.
It is believed that a fee in the region of £90million for Bale has been agreed, which would make the Welshman the most expensive player in history.
However, the addition of want-away Portuguese wing-back Fabio Coentrao into the equation, as well as Real legend Raul’s hero’s return to the Bernabeu, has delayed the completion of Bale’s desired transfer to Spain.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas remains cagey on reports that he has already lured Willian to White Hart Lane, and that Lamela and Coentrao could follow.
"They have not signed for Spurs," he said.
"Both of them are great players but I cannot extend myself. We will see some new players in defence and attack."
Many pundits suggest that selling Bale- Spurs talisman and best player for the past two seasons- could be a big mistake.
And many more cannot believe Los Blancos will pay so much for him.
One way or another, Baldini and AVB appear to have spent Spurs’ money wisely, and the London club should be well-staffed if indeed Bale does a runner to the Bernabeu.
If he stays, Spurs’ big spending will come back to haunt them if they miss out on a top-four spot or fail to win a trophy.
But the thought of a Spurs frontline of Willian, Lamela, Bale and Roberto Soldado is frankly frightening.
And so Spurs’ local rivals must now be praying that last season’s EPL Player of the Year is already Real’s latest Galactico.