Tottenham Hotspur's summer has been an interesting one to oversee.
Whilst the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City have still forked out some breathtaking sums of money, Spurs have done the polar opposite.
Daniel Levy and Jose Mourinho are working in a completely different market to the nearest competitors and it could weight them down in their pursuit of Champions League football.
That being said, Levy has still managed to do some shrewd business in the ongoing window.
The overall balance of the squad is looking better and they have added some fierce competitors in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Matt Doherty.
Next on the agenda could either be one of two players at Real Madrid.
The first is Sergio Reguilon. Mourinho has reportedly already spoken to the player but they are facing heated competition from his former club Manchester United.
The second Madrid player on the table is Gareth Bale. You're probably getting sick and tired of this one but the possibility of the Welshman returning to north London is growing.
Football Insider specified that Spurs were interested in a loan move for Bale a few months ago but it's looking as though they could get a permanent deal done.
That's according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness).
The report claims that Real Madrid have put a €25m (£22.7m) price tag on the player and are now hoping that Spurs register an official bid - something they are yet to do in the last few months.
That price sounds like an absolute bargain, especially considering the Lilywhites cannot afford to splash out in the current market. Enticing stuff from Real.
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To sign a player of that calibre for £22.7m would be truly outstanding business from Spurs.
Some may argue that Bale is past his best but he is still an electrifying player on his day.
He has fallen out of favour in the Spanish capital and his relationship with Zinedine Zidane clearly isn't the best.
The 31-year-old has been harshly treated in Madrid but he's still been a brilliant servant for them. He has won four Champions League's and was the star as they beat Liverpool in the 2017/18 final.
The winger still has the respect of his teammates too, so he is clearly still doing something right at the Bernabeu.
Speaking about Bale last month, Brazilian midfielder Casemiro stated: "We have to be honest and say that he's not at his best, but when he is, he's incredible and in the top three in the world. I have a lot of love for him, and that's why I try to take care of him as much as I can."
To say that he's still in the top three in the world is quite the statement to make, but it just goes to show the potential bargain that Spurs would have on their hands here.
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