The Gareth Bale saga has being going on since the transfer window opened, with Real Madrid showing the most interest in the Welsh international.
However Tottenham have held firm, meaning that this could go on until deadline day itself. By prolonging the sale of Bale, Spurs have had more time to search for players to fill the large gap which will be left by last year's young Player of the Year.
So far, Tottenham have recruited the services of Paulinho and Etienne Capoue, Roberto Soldado and Nacer Chadli. Soldado has made the biggest impact at White Hart Lane, scoring four goals in three games - including two in their Europa League play-off against Dinamo Tbilisi.
The other new signings have not shown their quality just yet with both Paulinho and Capoue looking a bit too attacking to fill that holding midfield role which has been left up for grabs with both Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone leaving the Lane.
Currently Spurs have spent approximately £60 million and are looking to spend even more as they are being strongly linked with Roma's Erik Lamela and Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk.
However, Spurs have only brought in around £21 million - does this mean that they have no choice but to sell their talisman Bale or has the deal already been completed? Are already spending that money?
Either way, it looks like Bale will have to go with the number of attacking players Spurs have brought in and are continuing to do so. Lamela is the closest Spurs have come to a direct replacement for Bale, as the 21-year-old frontman possesses superb dribbling abilities - a trait Bale was heralded for.
The fee for Bale has not yet been agreed but it appears that it will be a world record transfer, with Madrid being the likely destination. However, recent reports suggest Spurs are listening to offers from other clubs and have received bids from more than one interested party.
Is this a ploy by chairman Daniel Levy to get a few more million out of the Madrid? Or has another contender entered the race for Bale late on in an attempt to steal him away from the clutches of the La Liga giants?
Wherever Bale ends up, it will cost an incredible amount of money to take him there and I'm sure Spurs don't really care where he goes, as long as they get plenty of cash in their pockets.
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