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Tottenham's ground-breaking transfer window

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The arrival of Mr. Andre Villas-Boas to White Hart Lane brought a great deal of controversy to Spurs.

The fans in particular, myself amongst them, were all in a state of mourning after our beloved Harry Redknapp departed company after four extremely successful years, including a Champions League quarter-final that will go down in our clubs history.

So when formerly-rejected Chelsea boss, AVB, waltzed his way into our club, we were all wondering what exactly Levy was smoking.

But, in hindsight, we have to give it to the young manager. He had a rather impressive first season at the Lane, picking up 72 points and a club record along the way, but even with this magnificent feat, we were still not able to rob our bitter rivals of a prized Champions League spot.

Because of this, many of us looked back at the season as a failure, and so did Villas-Boas, and in this has sparked a rather new feel to the summer transfer window.

As an ever-present loyal spurs fan, I have noticed and come to learn over the years that when we spend, it usually means that we don't spend especially big.

It's partly because we aren't an especially big club and partly because of Daniel Levy's strategy when it comes to buying; he has always been about the sell on fee and he never buys players that are in the latter stage of their career for any sort of big money because there will be no money to come in the future, thats just how he does things.

But this summer has seen a radical change in our transfer tactics.

On the July 6, the rare occurrence of a transfer record being broken at White Hart Lane surfaced when 25-year-old Brazilian box-to-box midfielder Paulinho arrived with a £17million tag attached to his back.

With all the excitement surrounding the big brazilian, the acquisition of Belgian left-winger Nacer Chadli drew a rather smaller amount of attention but still notched Levy's spending to £24million.

It was barely August when we announced our next signing and would you believe it, another record signing. This time in the shape of Spanish natural goalscorer Roberto Soldado from Valencia for a fee around £26million. Later in the month, just before the start of the new Premier League season, Etienne Capoue, a central defensive-midfielder that we had chased for a while arrived, for £9million.

All of that talent does not go without a price tag, and those four players alone have set us back £60million, a sum even Man City themselves would be proud of.

With the likely arrival of brazilian attacking midfielder, Willian, from Anzhi Mackachala, the Russian club who are undergoing a massive clear-out of their top players, Tottenham's expenditure is only set to grow.

Now, this just all smells weird, over the years Tottenham have never been able to spend as much as the bigger clubs because they don't have the money. We all know that. We haven't had a new owner come in with sacks full of money to spend.

Yes because of the new deal for TV. rights, clubs are getting more money in the Premier League but £90million for Tottenham? The fee sounds all too familiar.

It's been the talk of the summer transfer window, Gareth Bale's pending future. Reports have suggested the fee would be close to £100million.

I personally think that the deal has been done. Mr. Levy knows he has the money to spend so he's spent it quickly, desperate to fill the Welshman's place. 

If he hasn't gone, then the question begs why have Tottenham suddenly had a change of tactic. Whatever the answer, all we know is that this transfer window is in for a serious finale.

 

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