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Tottenham has really stepped their game up this offseason with four key transfers that should all play a big role in Spurs' quest for a championship. Spanish striker Roberto Soldado, Belgian winger Nacer Chadli, French midfielder Etienne Capoue and Brazilian midfielder Paulinho have all been signed and are with the team preparing for the season-opener this week.
On July 6, Spurs broke the club transfer record by paying an estimated £17 million for Paulinho. The 25-year-old really showed what he is capable of this summer by helping the hosts Brazil defeat Spain in the FIFA Confederations Cup final. Paulinho scored two goals in the competition including the game-winner against Uruguay in the semifinals. Look for Paulinho to impress this season by assisting Mousa Dembele and Sandro in a hopefully healthy midfield.
Tottenham continued to spend money in the transfer window by signing former FC Twente winger and Belgian international Nacer Chadli for £7 million. Just a couple weeks after the signing of Paulinho, Spurs added a much needed forward in terms of depth. Chadli will add some pace out wide and should be a very efficient winger for Andre Villas-Boas.
The biggest signing in Tottenham history came on August 1 when Spurs paid £26 million for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. Coming on the heels of the biggest of Gareth Bale rumors, this signing could be just enough to keep Bale around for one more season. Soldado has urged Bale to stay at Spurs, as reported by Eurosport, and if the club is looking to get rid of its tradition as a selling club, then Bale has to stay. With 81 goals in three seasons at Valencia, Soldado is the dependable striker that Spurs have needed for quite some time.
The most recent signing came within the last 24 hours, as Spurs confirmed that they have acquired Etienne Capoue from French club Toulouse for £9 million. The central midfielder plays a more defensive style, which will help fill in the gaps with the losses of Steven Caulker, Clint Dempsey, and Tom Huddlestone, who departed yesterday for Hull along with Jake Livermore, who leaves on loan, as reported by the official Spurs website.
With only a couple weeks left in the transfer window, Tottenham will probably add one more piece to the puzzle by September 2.