According to extremely surprising reports coming from the Mirror today, Tottenham could potentially re-sign Real Madrid star Gareth Bale due to a clause inserted into his La Liga contract.
When he made the £85million switch to the Spanish capital in 2013, chairman Daniel Levy insisted that an option was inserted into the deal that would see Tottenham have first refusal in the future.
Despite not exactly being a buy-back clause, should a fellow Premier League side make an offer towards the 28-year-old then Spurs would have 72 hours to match it and secure their man again.
And with Jose Mourinho’s comments, as quoted by The Guardian, in his pre-Super Cup press-conference insinuating he is interested in the Real Madrid star, Tottenham might have the chance to utilise this privilege soon.
Meanwhile, the Standard claim that Tottenham boss Pochettino is prepared to resist any incoming offers for left-back Danny Rose, after suggestions that he is subject to rival interest once again.
Reports coming from the Mirror this morning had claimed that Manchester United, along with Italian outfit Inter Milan, were both considering making late summer moves for the 27-year-old.
But after already losing full-back Kyle Walker in a £50million switch to Manchester City it is understood that the north London side have no intention, whatsoever, of letting Rose leave too.
The England international signed a new five-year contract just last year, earning him a reported salary of £70,000-a-week, and although he could earn more elsewhere he’s likely to stay in London.
Rose has been on the sideline since January after suffering knee ligament damage during the goalless draw at Sunderland but it’s thought he is currently on course to return to training by the end of August.
It’s not all good news as far as Tottenham’s defence is concerned, though, with it transpiring that Kieran Trippier is looking set to miss their Premier League opener against Newcastle with an ankle injury.
the Telegraph reported last night that the 26-year-old isn’t optimistic about being fit for the trip to St James’ Park on Sunday, with Spurs waiting for swelling to go down before coming to a final decision.
Trippier – who recently signed a new five-year contract extension at White Hart Lane – had to substituted before half-time during the recent friendly against Juventus after two heavy challenges from Alex Sandro.
And it leaves boss Pochettino with a small crisis heading into the first Premier League match of the season, with Walker gone and the young Kyle-Walker Peters not deemed ready to play in the top-flight.
Instead, the report claims that utility man Eric Dier could slot in at right-back with Tottenham switching back to a conventional four man defensive unit until Trippier is deemed fit enough to play.