Tottenham Hotspur became the first Premier League side in history not to sign a single new player across an entire season this year.
The only piece of permanent transfer business they did conduct was the sale of Mousa Dembele to China.
Spurs fans will be hoping for some big signings in the summer, after going well over a year without bringing in a new face.
Lucas Moura was the club’s last signing, and that was way back in January 2018.
However, Rafa Van Der Vaart, an old Spurs fan favourite, may have a sensational answer to end the transfer drought.
The Dutch star claims that former teammate Gareth Bale may be better suited to a Tottenham return than carrying on at Real Madrid, as English fans are different to those in Spain.
Bale has faced criticism from his own fans ever since he made the 100 million Euro switch to Madrid, but would be welcomed home as a hero if he came back to North London.
Could he be tempted?
Van Der Vaart said (Candena Ser radio – quoted by ESPN): I think he [Bale] wants to stay at Real Madrid and play more. But I believe that a team like Manchester United or a return to Tottenham would be better for him because people in England are different to those in Spain.
“I don’t think it’s fair because he is a very good player. Real Madrid paid a lot of money for him [Bale], €100m, but he is not [Lionel] Messi or Cristiano. He is good but also at Tottenham he had good and bad games.
“Cristiano and Messi almost always play well. He [Bale] is lacking consistency. But when Real Madrid pay a lot of money for you and you play, you always have to play well and I think that is his problem. Of course, the pressure of playing at Real Madrid is different to that of playing at Tottenham and that is also an issue for him.
“Bale is a very calm person, he likes to be alone. He doesn’t have a lot of contact with his teammates. I know that in Spain, it’s important to speak Spanish and I think within the team, he feels a bit lonely.
“When he plays well, it doesn’t matter but when he plays badly, he has problems.”
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