The deal is thought to be potentially worth €100 million to Tottenham but could include a player of their choosing with the most likely at present to be 20-year-old striker Alvaro Morata.
But, hypothetically, if Spurs could choose one individual from Real Madrid’s ranks (excluding the regular starting XI) who would be the most worthwhile signing for the North Londoners.
One suggestion that has been mooted is the return of former Spurs maestro Luka Modric but I very much doubt that the White Hart Lane faithful have forgiven just yet for defecting to the Bernabeu last year.
I also believe Real Madrid would be a little reluctant to send him back to where he came from after shelling out a hefty £33 million on a player that, by all accounts, hasn’t fulfilled his potential in the Spanish capital.
However, there is another attacking midfield player that the Los Blancos might be more willing to offload – Kaka. Formerly one of the best players on the planet and certainly one of the most reputable, the Brazilian attacker undoubtedly possesses astonishing technical quality.
However, at 31 and with a long list of injuries catching up with him, Kaka’s market value has plummeted to probably less than £10 million. Still, for the commercial value and revenue he could bring with him along with the profile that comes with a player of his status, Spurs could reap the benefits not only on the pitch (if he stayed fit) but on the books as well.
Another suggestion is Angel Di Maria who has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu in recent months and weeks. The 25-year-old winger would be a quality addition to any team but as he predominantly operates on the right flank, his arrival might ruffle Aaron Lennon’s feathers.
Meanwhile, youngster Jese just committed his future to the club with a new four-year deal with a reported €200 million release clause built in it. Tottenham are awaiting confirmation of Roberto Soldado’s signing after he undertook a medical but adding another forward especially of that kind of quality and potential, would likely be enough to ensure they qualify for the Champions League next term.
Equally, Jese can play anywhere across the forward three but tends to be deployed on the left – if Madrid are serious about Bale, perhaps Spurs could test their resolve and see how much they really want the Welshman, effectively bringing in a replacement for Bale as part of the deal. That kind of negotiation tactic could work well to ward off the Spanish giants – they’ll be very very reluctant to let Jese go.
Fabio Coentrao has been another name mentioned in the press but Spurs would probably rather have young Alvaro Morata, as looks most likely. As a 20-year-old centre-forward he would be the type of player to understudy Soldado.
Morata scored 12 goals and made 5 assists in 18 Segunda Division appearances last term and would likely relish the chance to step and gain access to regular first-team football.
Who would you choose to bring to White Hart Lane?
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