Despite some fine early business Tottenham Hotspur still have issues to resolve with just a week to go of the transfer window, who are the likely ins and outs?
Tottenham Hotspur can point to two wins out of two in the Premier League, along with a resounding 5-0 win against Georgia in their Europa League play-off first leg, as evidence that they conducted enough of their business early enough to have their team set up at the start of the season.
Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Paulinho and Etienne Capoue have all been part of the side in all three matches, with the Spanish striker starting to repay his £26million fee with four goals already.
However there is plenty still to be decided, with the likely departure of Gareth Bale the biggest issue on the agenda.
Real Madrid’s very public pursuit of Bale will come to fruition this week assuming they finally stump up the world record fee in installments that are acceptable to Spurs. Although there is now speculation that other teams are attempting to muscle in on the deal, Madrid is by far the most likely destination for 24-year-old this summer.
Spurs have their replacement lined up in Erik Lamela who should be arriving in the first few days of this week. The 21-year-old Argentine has the attributes to be a key player for Spurs this season, and will join Soldado in replacing the goals provided by Bale last season.
With Andros Townsend impressing in the past couple of matches, and Lamela set to arrive, Aaron Lennon might find himself leaving the club this week. Lennon had a good season last year, but he is not ideally suited to the inverted winger system Andre Villas-Boas is seemingly set on using, and might want to leave for guaranteed first team football in a World Cup year.
Other players who could leave include Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Emmanuel Adebayor, with other outgoings only likely if Spurs make a slew of signings.
Vlad Chiriches is also set to join the club to add depth to their defensive options, and there is still time for another high profile move for an attacker after they missed out on Willian.
Hulk is inevitably being mentioned given his prior relationship with Villas-Boas, but Christian Eriksen could be on the cards as a deadline day deal as he is in the last year of his contract, and could provide the creativity Spurs have lacked at times already this season.
Predicted Ins: Lamela, Chiriches and Eriksen
Predicted Outs: Bale, Lennon and Assou-Ekotto
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