Should Tottenham try to deceive Real Madrid to their advantage this summer?
Tottenham's resilience and desire to dig in, in the face of Real Madrid's relentless advances for Gareth Bale should only be admired.
So wouldn't it be great if they actually turned the tables and out-negotiated them?
One of the stars of Spain's successful European under-21 side so far is Alvaro Morata, a bit-part player at Madrid, but blossoming as a starter for Las Rojas.
Morata made just five starts for Madrid last season, scoring twice, while netting 12 in 17 for their 'B' team.
Despite any denials from Madrid, Morata could yet be available on loan for the season if Tottenham dangle a carrot in front of them.
When Spurs sold Luka Modric to Real Madrid, the two club's signed a 'working partnership' agreement, the fruits of which for either club are yet to bear.
Tottenham should raise this with Madrid and ask for Morata on loan, while promising them in return that the following summer, in 2014 - They will give Madrid first option on Bale.
This in turn keeps Spurs in the driving seat, for giving a first option on a player means nothing if a club are unwilling to sell.
Madrid are so lovestruck with Bale they may just agree, believing they are getting nearer to their goal of securing the Welshman's services.
They will believe that by loaning Morata they will be gaining favour with Spurs, but the North London club need only be stringing them along.
The 20-year-old would add to the club's striking options and look to make a name for himself in the Premier League, win new admirers, and give himself even more future options for the rest of his career.
He could help Spurs achieve a top four finish and negate further reason for Bale to leave next summer.
Madrid may be wise and see it for what it is, a ploy to take advantage of their desperation - But desperate club presidents will do foolish things...
How do you think Spurs should look to take advantage of Madrid's obsession with Bale?
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