Analysis: Tottenham Hotspur's amazing transfer window so far

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Perhaps even breaking their own transfer record twice might not be the main story at Tottenham Hotspur this summer if Gareth Bale ends up smashing all the records.

Players signed: Paulinho (Corinthians), Nacer Chadli (FC Twente), Roberto Soldado (Valencia)

Players/positions needed: A striker is clearly still a priority, and a left back could be brought in after Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Kyle Naughton both failed to impress last season. Of course if Gareth Bale leaves, then a replacement or two will be needed, and a new centre-back will likely arrive now Steven Caulker has departed.

Players missed out on: David Villa decided to go to Atletico Madrid, whilst Christian Benteke signed a new contract at Aston Villa. Brazilian players Bernard and Leandro Damiao both now seem likely to move elsewhere as well.

Possible outgoings: The big one is of course Gareth Bale, with Real Madrid apparently ready to break the world record to sign him, but there are also doubts over the future of Emmanuel Adebayor, Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone and Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Budget remaining? With a £26million deal for Roberto Soldado going through, Spurs are likely to have little left in their warchest, unless of course it gets an £80+million injection from Real Madrid.

Analysis: In a normal transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur apparently breaking their transfer record twice for a Brazil and a Spain international would be the biggest news of the summer, but the doubts over Gareth Bale’s future have somewhat overshadowed Paulinho and Roberto Soldado's arrival at White Hart Lane.

However the 24-year-old is an excellent signing who could be a key part of Andre Villas-Boas changing Spurs to a 4-3-3 system next year, and Nacer Chadli could also be a fine addition at a bargain price.

With Roberto Soldado completing his move to Spurs, then they have the makings of a team capable of mounting a title challenge, with the Spaniard, on paper at least, the striker they have needed for several years.

But if Bale leaves, everything will change and Spurs will need to make several signings to ensure they can maintain their position in the Premier League, and challenge for a Champions League place again.

One area they certainly need to strengthen is at centre back, with Steaua Bucharest’s Vlad Chiriches or Sporting Lisbon’s Thiago Iloris seeingly set to replace Steven Caulker.

Grade so far: B+

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