Tottenham are on the verge of sealing a blockbuster double swoop for Real Madrid pair Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Bale, and Express Sport has taken a look at how Jose Mourinho’s new look Spurs could line up once both deals are done.
Tottenham made a poor start to their Premier League campaign on Sunday as they lost 1-0 at home to Everton.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header earned the Toffees all three points at the new Tottenham Stadium, as Spurs failed to create enough meaningful chances going forward.
Now, however, their problems going forward could be solved – in part – with Bale set to sign.
The Real Madrid winger, who has fallen out of favour under Zinedine Zidane, wants to return to north London and is close to putting pen to paper on a one-year loan deal.
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The forward’s arrival could mean bad news for Steven Bergwijn, as he will slot straight into Mourinho’s front three.
It is likely that he will play on the right-hand-side of a front three with Heung-Min Son on the left and Harry Kane through the middle.
His versatility means he could end up playing as a central striker later in the season as a replacement for Kane, if the England captain needs a rest or suffers any injuries.
There is no word yet on whether the loan agreement will have a mandatory or optional clause inserted allowing Spurs to make his stay permanent or not.
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One player they are getting for good, however, is Reguilon.
The left-back is set to sign a long-term contract to become Spurs’ third permanent signing of the window.
Tottenham hijacked Manchester United’s deal to sign the Real Madrid ace as Ed Woodward and co failed to agree to put two clauses in place – a buy-back and first option clause.
They are set to fork out £27.5million for the 23-year-old left-back, who will likely become Mourinho’s first-choice in the position.
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Spurs struggled at the back last season, and are expected to part ways with Danny Rose before the transfer window shuts.
Rose fell out with Mourinho earlier this week and was left out of Spurs’ Europa League squad, a clear indication that he doesn’t fit in with the manager’s plans.
And Reguilon is expected to slot straight into the side when he is announced, and could make his debut this weekend against Southampton.
Tottenham predicted line-up with Bale and Reguilon (4-3-3):
Lloris, Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Lo Celso; Bale, Kane, Son.
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