Potential Spurs XI without Gareth Bale

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The Erik Lamela deal is reportedly done - but for Spurs fans it must bring mixed feelings.

Great, you sign a potential world-class talent, but at the same time it basically confirms Gareth Bale's transfer to Real Madrid.

There's almost no way Tottenham could afford to bring in the Argentinian winger for €30m without selling their most talented, and most in-demand, player.

But all is not lost for Tottenham - because they're spending Football Manager-style on a host of top names to ensure the collective is stronger than the individual.

If they were plagued by the 'one-man team' tag last season, this term it could be the opposite - if they all gel of course.

Because Daniel Levy is slowly managing to turn one world-class asset into a squad of several Champions League-calibre stars. 

Just check out this potential Tottenham XI - with the extra signings assuming the Bale transfer to Real Madrid does eventually go through...

Hugo Lloris

Kyle Walker

Vlad Chiriches

Jan Vertonghen

Fabio Coentrao

Etienne Capoue


Christian Eriksen

Aaron Lennon

Erik Lamela

Roberto Soldado

Not bad at all. And that's just the starting XI - Arsenal fans look away, because Tottenham's strength in depth will be frightening.

Off the bench they'll be able to call on the likes of Lewis Holtby, Jermain Defoe, Sandro, Emmanuel Adebayor, Nacer Chadli, Mousa Dembele, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michael Dawson and Danny Rose.

All nine players could slot into the team in a heartbeat. 

If Tottenham could possibly come out net positive after selling one of the best young players in the world, then they will have done an unbelievable job.

And, with the transfer deadline drawing closer, it looks like they might just pull it off.

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