According to Sky Sports, Tottenham are believed to be close to agreeing a £30million deal with Russian club Anzhi for Brazil midfielder Willian.
The 25-year-old has also been linked with Tottenham’s Premier League rivals Liverpool this summer, but it seems that it is Spurs who have won the race for Brazilian international.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas had some cash to spend this summer. However, the Portuguese boss spend has already spent over £40million on Roberto Soldado and Paulinho in a bid to strengthen his team.
As well as the move for Willian, Spurs are being linked with a move for Roma forward Erik Lamela, who is rated in the £30million bracket. If the north London club manage to sign both then they would have spent over £100million this summer.
That is a lot of money for a club who are not accustomed to spending that sort of money. My question would be where has the money come from to bid for these players, as chairman Daniel Levy is not usually somebody who sanctions mega-spending at the Lane.
My answer in short would be the prospective sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid before the transfer window shuts in less than two weeks’ time.
The Welshman has had his head turned by all the speculation surrounding a prospective move to Real Madrid. He was believed to be unhappy that Tottenham are not willing to listen to offers for his services from the Spanish giants.
Bale missed Tottenham’s opening game of the season at Crystal Palace, through what was understood to be a slight foot injury. Rumours are now flying around that Bale has played his last game for Spurs.
According to the Daily Mail, Bale’s world-record £85million move to Real Madrid is all but complete, after the paper claimed that Spurs are already using the Bale transfer fee to bid for the likes of Lamela and Willian.
The Daily Express is also claiming that a deal between Tottenham and Real Madrid has been agreed. However they claim the fee is closer to an incredible world-record fee of £104million.
Whichever way you look at it you do not need to be Sherlock Holmes to work out that Tottenham are already spending some of the expected fee from the sale of Bale to Real Madrid.
Although Gareth Bale is a good player, is he really better than Cristiano Ronaldo, who cost Real Madrid £80million in 2009? I do not think so. He has the potential to be a great player, but I am doubtful that he can reach the heights that the Portuguese star has reached in his career so far.
Whatever the fee paid for Bale by Real Madrid it looks like it could be more than the one paid by Real for Ronaldo four years ago. Even some people connected with Real Madrid are questioning the fee, but not Bale’s ability.
I am not sure what the majority of Spurs fans think, but I feel this could be a very good deal for the club from north London. Bale was Tottenham’s talisman. However, they do have other players and the prospective new recruits are top class.
Erik Lamela is regarded as one of the best up-and-coming young players in the game. At just 21-years old he has the potential to become a truly great playmaker. The Argentinian international would be a fantastic signing.
He is the sort of player that would play behind a lone striker, create chances and get goals from the position. He has the attributes to be the perfect number ten, but can also play on the left-wing when needed. His main attributes are his pace and dribbling skills, which should endure him to Tottenham fans.
Willian is another player that will excite Spurs fans if he signs for the club. The winger or attacking midfielder is another with pace and superb technical ability. He is a player that will get fans off their seats, a bit like Bale but probably not quite as talented as the Welshman.
Losing Gareth Bale will be a blow to Tottenham. However, if they manage to bring in Lamela and Willian then I believe that Spurs could have got themselves a great deal. In fact should the pair arrive then Spurs have effectively got two very good players for the price of one great player.
With Lamela and Willian on board I really do feel that Tottenham will have a stronger shot at winning the Premier League title. Spurs may well still be outsiders, but should they complete the prospective deals then they could definitely be a danger to the big teams this season.
Will Spurs be stronger if they sign Willian and Erik Lamela?