The transfer window might yet have some time to close, but Spurs have already made the signing of the window. And the funny thing is that, he is not even a player.
Franco Baldini, the former England assistant manager and director at Roma until June 2013, was signed by Spurs on 19 June as their new technical director, in what has turned out to be a shrewd move by the Spurs camp.
Even if Gareth Bale inevitably leaves for Real Madrid, Baldini has ensured that there is more than adequate cover for when that happens.
Baldini has been the man with a plan - rarely has a man arrived in a technical director role at a new club and had such an immediate impact.
Just two months into his tenure, the Italian’s efforts have ensured that Spurs have brought in the striker they have always craved for, two underrated midfielders and a surprise replacement for the outgoing Bale.
Whilst Real Madrid’s pursuit of Bale has dominated the headlines, Baldini’s efficiency and negotiating nous have ensured that even if Bale leaves, Tottenham fans won’t be left licking their wounds.
The former Roma general manager’s principal objective was to secure a prolific striker’s signature. And with David Villa moving to Atletico Madrid, after having an £18 million bid for Christian Benteke rejected, there were fears as to where they would turn next.
But Baldini wasn’t one to panic. Without moving a whisker, Soldado, the fifth top scorer in La Liga last season, was snapped up for a club record £26 million.
Additionally, the purchase of Paulinho, who was instrumental in Brazil’s Confederations Cup triumph has all the makings of a masterstroke and could yet be the defining factor in guaranteeing Champions League action next term.
And as soon as Tom Huddlestone was sold to Hull, Etienne Capoue was brought in from Toulouse, to make sure Tottenham are not caught short in the centre of midfield.
Former Twente winger Nacer Chadli showed just what he is capable of in his first league game against Crystal Palace. And even if Spurs fail to lure Willian to White Hart Lane, the north London outfit look set for a great season, irrespective of where Bale ends up.
If there is one thing that Baldini has brought to the table, apart from his contact book, it has been the fact that he has been immensely effective in signing players with international pedigree on a modest budget.
Early signs indicate Baldini is living up to his billing as a director with an ability to get what he wants.
With the Italian media speculating that Baldini is trying to orchestrate moves for both Erik Lamela and Miralem Pjanić, it seems that Baldini isn’t done yet. And the feeling that although this has been a wonderful transfer window for Tottenham, the best is, possibly, yet to come.
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