Tottenham Hotspur completed their first signing of the summer yesterday morning, with Brazilian midfielder Paulinho joining the club from Corinthians in a deal believed to be worth just under £17milllion.
Depending on the structure of the deal, Paulinho could be Spurs’ record signing, and will likely go into the first team as part of a three-man midfield alongside Mousa Dembele and Sandro when Andre Villas-Boas has all his options available.
While Spurs are no doubt keen to continue to bring in new faces, their focus next week could be attempting to convince Gareth Bale to sign a new contract at the club, and they might be preparing to smash their wage structure to ensure the Welsh forward puts pen to paper on a new deal.
Bale is likely to stay at Spurs this summer regardless, but an extension to his current deal would ensure the club have a strong negotiating position next summer. Spurs are apparently prepared to offer Bale £170,000 a week to convince him to sign, with the 23-year-old expected back for pre-season training next week.
Real Madrid and Manchester United are both expected to try and sign Bale again next summer, when the Premier League Player of the Year will be in the final two years of his contract.
Stoke City are reportedly considering a move for Jermain Defoe this summer, and might be prepared to meet Spurs’ £6million asking price for the England international. New manager Mark Hughes is hoping to reunite Defoe with Peter Crouch at the Britannia, with the pair previously playing together for Spurs, Portsmouth and England.
Defoe is likely to slip down the pecking order at Spurs this summer, with Andre Villas-Boas keen to overhaul his attacking options after the team were left overly reliant on Bale for goals in the second half of last season.
David Villa, Christian Benteke and Roberto Soldado are all reportedly targets, with the Barcelona forward currently the likeliest to arrive at White Hart Lane this summer.
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