Former Tottenham hero Gareth Bale is under pressure at Real Madrid, so should Tottenham try to lure him back this summer?
Before Tottenham sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in 2014 for a world record transfer fee, the club embarked on a spending spree of their own.
Now the time could be ripe for Spurs to put an opposite plan into effect in order to try to buy back the Welshman.
Bale is under pressure at Real Madrid, with Guillem Balague telling SkySports he is not working for the team as he should be. Spanish newspaper Marca report the Santiago Bernabeu crowd have lost patience with the forward, and made their feeling clear during the Champions League tie against Schalke this week.
Even if he were to leave at the end of this season, he could do so as a Champions League winner, still able to hold his head high, scoring in that final, and last year's Copa del Rey.
For Tottenham, buying him back would not be easy, yet it would also be difficult for Real to demand higher than the £86 million they paid for him. Spurs clearly could not afford to spend even £70 million on one player, but they could attempt to raise more than half.
Here are five players they could cash in on, to help seal the ultimate Tottenham fantasy summer transfer.
Tottenham had hoped Lamela would step into Bale's shoes and prove a cost effective replacement, even as their record signing. This simply hasn't happened. Interest would be high in Italy where he starred for Roma, while his recent family trip to Spain hinted this would be a destination he would be comfortable with. Spurs could at best aim to try to recoup £20 million.
A World Club Cup winner with Corinthians, Paulinho was at one stage in the summer of 2013, Tottenham's record signing. He is out of favour at present and it looks certain he will move on after the current season. It's unlikely he would move to another English club, and Spurs may have to settle for between £5-10 million at best for the Brazilian.
Spanish striker Roberto Soldado was supposed to be the big solution for Tottenham's uninspiring attack, instead it has turned out to be academy prospect Harry Kane. The Spaniard looks low on confidence and in need of a fresh start, and a move back to his homeland is the most likely option. Spurs would have to take a big loss, but may still hope to get £10 million for the striker.
French midfielder Etienne Capoue has had two inconsistent seasons at Spurs despite momentary promise, but he has been overtaken by academy breakthrough stars Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb. Tottenham may not be able to get a lot for him, but should aim to raise £5 million.
The most controversial of the bunch, Lloris is one player Real Madrid would surely jump at the chance to sign. Tottenham do not need to sell, and he appears happy at White Hart Lane, but selling him could be a price worth paying to re-sign Bale. A deal with Madrid would directly lower the negotiating price, and with Daniel Levy's previous track record of negotiations, it's possible to see the Frenchman's value being around £25 million. A new goalkeeper can be found, but there is not another Gareth Bale out there for Spurs, as Erik Lamela has proven.
The sales of Lamela, Capoue, Paulinho and Soldado alone could fetch Spurs around £40 million, or at a more conservative estimate £30 million. Add Lloris at £25 million to the mix, and that is between £55-65 million to wipe off the price of buying back Gareth Bale.
There would also be cumulative savings in wages of the five players, and with a little more injection of cash, bringing back the dazzling winger to White Hart Lane would suddenly seem very possible.