Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring
Manchester United have made a major statement this summer with the capture of Paul Pogba for a world record fee.
The Red Devils paid £89 million to bring back the midfielder who slipped through their grasp in 2012, but given Pogba's ability it looks set to be money well spent.
Pogba's comeback is significant for the Premier League, with his star power demonstrating the financial muscle that clubs possess.
Yet his return would pale compared to the hysteria which would arise if Tottenham are one day able to lure former star man Gareth Bale back to White Hart Lane.
Gareth Bale celebrates for Real Madrid
Bale was the player who previously commanded the world record fee, when he was sold by Spurs to Real Madrid for £86 million.
He has since won two Champions League titles and a Copa del Rey for the Spanish giants, and is likely to add to his collection over the next couple of seasons.
The Welsh maestro's return would be even more keenly anticipated than Pogba, because unlike the Frenchman, he was a proven star in the division before he left.
Bale was the player of the year in 2012/13, netting more than 20 goals, and showing the sort of form which convinced Madrid to spend huge money on him.
Real Madrid v Manchester City - UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg
Tottenham are in no position to sign Bale back right now, but by 2019 when they are in their new stadium, the timing would be perfect.
Bale may not then command a fee which is larger than Pogba's £89 million, but in terms of his impact and the expectation, the excitement of his return to his former club would be off the scale.
The Independent reported earlier this year that Tottenham have a first option clause to re-sign Bale, and the Welshman retains an affinity for his former side, admitting he still keeps up with their scores.
For Spurs to bring Bale back to play alongside Harry Kane and co would be a dream scenario, and while it is one they have bide their time for, it would be worth the wait.
Gareth Bale - Tottenham Hotspur in action against Samir Nasri