Andre Villas-Boas' side has been active this summer, but Tottenham Hotspur are relentlessly pursuing ways to secure a top-four Premier League finish this year.
Signing Real Betis starlet Alvaro Vadillo could help Tottenham rise up the EPL ladder both this year and beyond. But before a move like that can be made, Spurs must address a transfer issue in their own backyard.
If Tottenham Hotspur decide to sell Gareth Bale, they'll have considerable funds to make additional moves before the transfer window closes on Sept. 2.
Spurs have been reluctant to sell Bale without a replacement lined up, but with Real Madrid promising to make it worth their while, the North London club would be remiss to not consider the possibility of making a profit over trying to convince Bale to stay.
Daily Mail's Neil Ashton had a report on Tuesday concerning Bale's future at White Hart Lane, and he proceeded to sneak in a tidbit about a few players Spurs were targeting to replace the Welshman's production.
Ashton mentioned Erik Lamela and Vadillo as potential targets for Villas-Boas over the next week, but it's the 18-year-old Spanish forward who should have Spurs fans on the edge of their seat in the event that a signing takes place.
Here's the excerpt from the Daily Mail piece concerning Vadillo:
Spurs are also keen on Real Betis forward Alvaro Vadillo, who has been dubbed the new Cristiano Ronaldo. Vadillo has a release clause of £17m but the Spanish club know they will not receive that amount because they are in administration. A more likely transfer fee is £8m.
Vadillo, who has played five times for Spain Under 20s, is one of the brightest prospects in La Liga. The 18-year-old’s displays have earned slightly generous comparisons with Ronaldo and Arsenal have also considered moving for him.
Vadillo, who is the youngest player to ever start a La Liga match, has quietly been scouted by top teams throughout Europe over the past two seasons.
He's yet to record a goal in club ball, but is being hailed as the next Cristiano Ronaldo and receiving high praise in the form of interest from the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal.
As reported by Daily Mail's Laurie Whitwell in early August, the Gunners and Spurs have both been linked to Vadillo. She notes that the Betis winger has shown better decision-making skills than Ronaldo at the same age and also has a flair for the trick—much like his Real Madrid counterpart.
Betis made things look bleak for Tottenham and Arsenal by saying Vadillo wasn't for sale just a few days later, but with Spurs and the Gunners both in a position to empty their pockets for talent with star potential, that stance could quickly change.
Per Ashton's report, Vadillo has a £17 million out clause in his contract. Because they are in administration, though, the actual transfer figure that would seemingly sway the Spanish side appears to be closer to £8 million.
That would be a bargain if Vadillo turns out to be half the player that Ronaldo currently is.
Tottenham has struggled to score in their first two Premier League matches of the new year, relying on defense and timely striking in wins over Swansea City and Crystal Palace, both 1-0 outcomes. Bale has not played in either match.
According to David Ornstein of BBC Sport, Spurs are weighing an £86 million bid for Bale from Real Madrid in addition to another separate bid lodged by another club. BBC Sports' Dan Roan reported that the identity of the second bid was not available information.
Bale reportedly missed a training session with his Tottenham teammates on Tuesday, frustrated that Spurs will not accept Real Madrid's bid for his services and move on. As reported by David Hytner of The Guardian, Bale clearly feels his time with the club is over.
It would be unrealistic to paint the teenage phenom as a legitimate replacement to the 21-goal, four-assist performance Bale turned in last season in EPL action, but he would cost just a fraction of the amount ponied up by Real Madrid and is drawing rave reviews across Europe.
With comparisons to Ronaldo running rampant, Vadillo could both improve as a player and help Tottenham's attack immediately. Even if Spurs needed to approach a figure closer to the £17 million release clause, they would have the funds and the gumption to make such a move.
Of course, everything still hinges on Bale.
According to John Cross of Daily Mirror, Arsenal and Tottenham will continue to battle it out to secure a Vadillo transfer.
If you're a White Hart Lane enthusiast, root for your club to take the necessary steps to make that outcome a possibility. Potential is a fickle thing, but Vadillo's talent is hard to ignore.
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