Tottenham Hotspur have gone a year without signing a single new player, spanning across two transfer windows.

Despite doing this through choice, Chelsea have now had a ban imposed on them against their will, after breaking rules over the registration of minors.

The Blues have 29 cases against them in which they breached regulations relating to players under the age of 18 (Express).

Naturally, this will give the remaining five clubs in the so called big six a major boost, as Chelsea will unlikely be able to strengthen over the next season.

With the club already struggling, and the manager looking close to a sacking, there could be some rough times ahead for Chelsea.

But how does this hand Tottenham a boost in their pursuit of Bale?

Simple, according to Marca, both Man United and Chelsea were keen on bringing the Welshman back to the Prem in the summer, but Chelsea can no longer do so (reported by the Express).

It is well known that Spurs have a first-option clause on Bale, so having Chelsea drop out of the race may make things far easier if they do want to resign the winger.

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