It finally looks like the transfer saga involving Gareth Bale’s world record move to Real Madrid is coming to a conclusion.
When the deal is done Tottenham Hotspur are going to find themselves possessing a lot more money than they are used to.
The club has already spent big so far this transfer window, but surely when the fee for Bale comes in they will only want to improve further to ensure that they at least seal Champions League football this time around.
Here are five potential deals they could go for with the money they stand to make from Bale's exit:
Leighton Baines & Marouane Fellani: Everton
This pair comes as a double deal at the minute, with Manchester United having a bid rejected for both of the players last week.
The England left-back has seen his reputation rise over recent years and is now closer than anyone has ever been to knocking Ashley Cole out of the England squad.
Fellani has improved as a player over the past two seasons and has turned into a box-to-box midfielder who’s strong in the air and offers you important goals – much like Michael Ballack.
Manchester United seem in pole place to obtain the pair’s signature, but Everton aren’t impressed with their offer, now that Spurs will be reaping the benefits from their money for Bale they can certainly afford to out-bid David Moyes.
Hulk: Zenit St. Petersburg
The beastly Brazilian forward was signed by Zenit in a colossal £40 million deal last September.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas knows the forward well from his time coaching him when he was boss of Porto, and reportedly tried to bring him to Chelsea when he took over there, but the deal didn’t go through.
Hulk’s known for his speed and strength, which make him physically one of the greatest players in world football at the moment. His style of play is much like Gareth Bale’s, so it would more or less be a straight replacement for the Welshman.
His price tag is high and Zenit have told Spurs they don’t want to do business. But if Tottenham come back with an improved offer after Bale’s sale, then it may just sway the Russians to sell him.
Hatem Ben Arfa: Newcastle
The French winger has been on the radar of a number of Premier League clubs over the past couple of years, including Liverpool and Arsenal.
He wouldn’t be as direct of a replacement as Hulk would be, nor would he be a big money signing. But Ben Arfa has impressed during his time at Newcasle and has proven that he has the ability to succeed at a top Premier League club.
He’d be a low-risk option Tottenham if they don’t want to take a chance. And with Tottenham looking to fight at the top of the table you wouldn’t be surprised if Ben Arfa accepted the challenge.
This deal has the makings of a deadline day affair.
Christian Eriksen: Ajax
It’s a shock to think that this midfielder is still only 21-years-old.
This is his fifth season in the Ajax first team and he’s already had 161 career appearances for the club under his belt along with 37 caps for the Danish national team.
The young man has been subject of speculation linking him to a move to the Premier League for a few seasons now with Arsenal and Liverpool appearing as the most likely destinations, but now Tottenham should push themselves to enter the race.
With his amount of experience at such a young age, he could easily turn out to be one of the best midfielders in Europe if treated right.
It seems this man is destined for English football, and Tottenham would be a very lucky team if they were the ones who succeeded in luring him to the Premier League.
Wesley Sneijder: Galatasaray
This man has been dodging the Premier League even longer than Eriksen.
Now 29-years-old, it is still a massive surprise he hasn’t featured in the Premier League yet. For years Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with the Dutch attacking midfielder but nothing has ever came to fruition.
If Tottenham want a man with experience, who still has a lot of years to give to a team then they can’t look much further than Sneijder. Having proven himself in every country he has played, and at international level, there hasn’t been many better midfielders in the past decade in Europe than the Dutch international.
It wouldn’t be a permanent solution as Sneijder seems to like to move around, but if Tottenham could get a season or two out of him it would be a great bit of business.
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