Tottenham Hotspur are preparing for a pivotal season.
Last year was bitter disappointing by the club's usually high standards as the wheels came off for the North London side.
Spurs struggled to get themselves going last season, and while Jose Mourinho was able to grind out a number of results, it was still an under par campaign.
Finishing in the top six of the Premier League ensured that the club will compete in the Europa League this term, but in reality expectations need to be much higher.
Mourinho is a winner by nature, and that's why he's overseeing an overhaul this summer which he hopes will get the team pushing towards the top end of the table once more.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty have already been brought on board, but there's still plenty of business to be done.
Several players have already been linked with a move to the club, but Tottenham may have been handed a boost in pursuit of one of the worlds' best.
Of course we're talking about Gareth Bale.
The Real Madrid man has long been linked with a move away from Real Madrid where he is thought to be far from happy.
But according to reports from Mundo Deportivo, the Spanish side may now be open to letting the Wales international move on.
It's said that Madrid would now be open to selling Bale for a fee of £22million.
While this fee is likely to be affordable for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United who are keen, it's his wages that could cause problems.
Bale earns around £600,000 per week on his current deal - an amount which is unlikely to be matched by almost all clubs in world football.
GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...
Could this be the step that makes a move for Gareth Bale viable? Quite possibly.
Valued at £25.2m by Transfermarkt, there's no doubting the quality that the Wales international has in his locker - after all, he's genuinely one of the best players in the world.
But it's about time that he got back to doing what he does best.
Tottenham Hotspur would love an attacking addition this summer, and while a move for Bale would be a bit left field, he would certainly add to Jose Mourinho's side.
If a side can meet Real Madrid's asking price then you are in a position to negotiate directly with the player.
Bale is keen to move on and resurrect his career, and so the hope is that he'd negotiate on his salary in order to make a move work.
Whether that happens or not remains to be seen, but this certainly seems like a positive step from the Spanish giants.
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