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How Tottenham could line up: Gareth Bale returns on right while Sergio Reguilon stars at left back

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After a dismal opening-day defeat to Everton, Daniel Levy has decided to reach into his pocket once again to strengthen Jose Mourinho’s team.

While the arrivals of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Matt Doherty and Joe Hart all filled gaps that needed filling, it was the breaking news on Tuesday evening that put all Spurs fans’ heads in a spin.

Spurs chairman Levy sent the football world into a frenzy after entering talks with Real Madrid to try and seal the emphatic return of Gareth Bale on what would be a season-long loan move.

Tottenham are in talks to bring Gareth Bale back to north London

Spurs are also looking to sign left back Sergio Reguilon for £25million

Tottenham are closing in on a sensational double swoop of Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon (R)

Following a dismal defeat to Everton, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is ready to improve the team

Following a dismal defeat to Everton, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is ready to improve the team

And it doesn’t stop there. Levy is hoping to bring Real’s talented left back Sergio Reguilon back to London on the same flight as the Welshman, as Spurs edge closer to completing a £25million move for the defender.

It would be a stunning double swoop if Levy is able to pull it off and would see both men fly straight into Jose Mourinho’s starting XI, providing more depth for the Portuguese manager in what will be a gruelling season given the fixture congestion ahead.

While it remains to be seen if Bale can maintain his fitness levels and fend off injury, his return to White Hart Lane will surely excite the majority of the club’s fanbase.

Bale and Reguilon’s arrival from the Bernabeu would also give Mourinho more tactical freedom, allowing him to switch to 4-3-3 and push his wingers further up than his usual 4-2-3-1 formation.

Should he overcome any fitness issues, Bale can light up the Premier League once again

Should he overcome any fitness issues, Bale can light up the Premier League once again

Bale would feature on the right in a front three with Harry Kane (R) and Son Heung-min (centre)

Bale would feature on the right in a front three with Harry Kane (R) and Son Heung-min (centre)

With Bale slotting straight into the right-hand side, the Welshman will be the final piece in what will be a frightening front three alongside Son Heung-min and talisman Harry Kane.

Like Son, Bale can play anywhere along the frontline and both men can provide the versatility Mourinho is looking for, should Kane pick up an injury.

Moving to a 4-3-3 would also see Mourinho adopt a midfield three of Hojbjerg, Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele, with the likes of Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli used as rotation options.

Ndombele is still yet to improve his fitness levels at the club but, should he sort that, the defensive presence of Hojbjerg will allow him to focus on his strengths of moving forward and finding the front three with his quick feet and superb dribbling.

Workhorse Lo Celso can also operate anywhere in midfield and will likely be used as a box-to-box player, chipping in with assists and goals wherever he can.

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Last season, and as seen in Amazon’s All or Nothing docuseries, Mourinho often told Serge Aurier to bomb forward from right back, which saw Ben Davies move inside to form a back three alongside Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld.

The summer addition of Matt Doherty is seen as an upgrade on the Ivorian and the ex-Wolves man is likely to be given similar instructions, whether Spurs are operating in a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3.

However, while Davies is seen as reliable option at left-back, the arrival of Reguilon would provide a more exciting and attacking option for Mourinho on the left-hand side.

As shown on loan in Sevilla’s Europa League-winning campaign last season, Reguilon is a very attacking-minded full back once his team-mates are in the final third, constantly making runs in deep and will always look to overlap or underlap the man ahead of him to provide more attacking options.

Reguilon played a key role in Sevilla's Europa League-winning campaign last season

Reguilon played a key role in Sevilla’s Europa League-winning campaign last season

His underlapping runs allowed him to get into goalscoring positions more frequently, where he would either cut the ball back or would take a shot on himself.

Spurs’ drab defeat to the Toffees saw them create little going forward while Kane was isolated up front.

The attacking outlets of Bale and Reguilon can help open up more avenues for Kane and Son going forward, giving the forward a reason to stay up top rather than collecting the ball from deep. 

However, should Spurs manage to bring Bale and Reguilon to north London, Mourinho will have all the tools he needs to finally bring an end to Tottenham’s long trophy drought.

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Premier League clubs ‘expected’ to help bail out smaller clubs as fans banned from stadiums until next year

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MINISTERS “expect” Premier League clubs to help smaller clubs after fans were banned from stadiums until next year.

Boris Johnson has scuppered plans to get supporters back on the terraces next month.

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Now the Government has asked the wealthier outfits to step in while it negotiates a wider bailout to the sports industry.

Clubs in the lower ­leagues face a turbulent financial future as, unlike Premier League giants, they rely on ticket sales.

Under the PM’s new Covid plans, pilots allowing 1,000 fans into EFL matches are ditched.

Sports bodies want the Government to support the industry as it did with the arts, which was given access to a £1.57billion package.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is said to be ­trying to “identify ways we can support sport”.

Today the Premier League said they were “disappointed” fans would not be allowed in next month and said stadiums were safer than many other public spaces.

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Boris Johnson has scuppered plans to get supporters back on the terraces next monthCredit: Sky News
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is said to be ­trying to 'identify ways we can support sport'

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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is said to be ­trying to ‘identify ways we can support sport’Credit: Getty Images – Getty

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RICH Premier League clubs should bail out lower league outfits facing Covid oblivion.

They are not just the lifeblood of their communities. They and their players are, in part, the lifeblood of the Prem too.

Some have rich owners, who must dig deep now that they are facing a season without fans. But many teams don’t. 

It would be a calamity to let them fail through no fault of their own.

A few, admittedly, are badly run — and the Prem would need strict guarantees on how a £200million donation would be spent by the 72 EFL clubs. 

Some people will say the Government should step in. But it cannot bail out every industry. That way lies ruin. In football’s case there’s another solution.

It’s right for wealthy Prem giants to fund a rescue. It’s in the national interest and their own too.

In a statement they said: “Football is not the same without attending fans and the football economy is unsustainable without them.

“Last season, Premier League clubs suffered £700m in losses and at present, our national game is losing more than £100m per month.

“This is starting to have a devastating impact on clubs and their communities.”

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Micah Richards nearly MISSED Monday Night Football after getting locked in his dressing room!

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Micah Richards has admitted that he almost missed the start of Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football coverage after he found himself trapped inside his own dressing room for an hour and a half.

Behind the scenes footage hilariously showed an exasperated and very relieved Richards race into the studio as co-hosts David Jones and Jamie Carragher laughed at the former defender, just minutes before the trio were set to go live on Sky Sports.

Richards has revealed that it was the on-set staff who helped him reach his chair just in the nick of time, allowing him to analyse Manchester City‘s clash with Wolves at the Etihad in its entirety.

Micah Richards (R) has revealed how he nearly missed presenting Sky's Monday Night Football

Micah Richards (R) has revealed how he nearly missed presenting Sky's Monday Night Football

Micah Richards (R) has revealed how he nearly missed presenting Sky’s Monday Night Football

A day after his close shave, Richards tweeted: ‘Loved being on Sky Sports last night, but managed to get myself locked in the changing room for 90 mins before the show! 

‘Thanks to the staff for getting me out with 2 mins to spare – you’d never have known! @Carra23 & @DavidJonesSky were bricking doing the show without me.’

After managing to compose himself for the show, Sportsmail’s newest columnist went on to deliver an impassioned defence of his career and fellow pundit Alex Scott, following criticisms on social media.

Richards makes a mad dash for the studio set after being locked in his dressing room

Richards makes a mad dash for the studio set after being locked in his dressing room

Richards makes a mad dash for the studio set after being locked in his dressing room

The footballer-turned-pundit reveals that he was locked in his changing room for 90 minutes

The footballer-turned-pundit reveals that he was locked in his changing room for 90 minutes

The footballer-turned-pundit reveals that he was locked in his changing room for 90 minutes

Sportsmail's newest columnist made it to the set just minutes before the live broadcast

Sportsmail's newest columnist made it to the set just minutes before the live broadcast

Sportsmail’s newest columnist made it to the set just minutes before the live broadcast

In the last year, Richards has developed into one of Sky‘s most used and highly-respected analysts and has made a career for himself in journalism after retiring from professional football at the highest level. 

While his comments on both football and the Black Lives Matter movement have been heavily praised, Richards said on Monday night that he believes he is unfairly targeted online, as is Scott.

He went on to dismiss claims he was only hired because of the BLM movement and said he was hired on the merit of his hard work up until that point. 

Richards went on to deliver an impassioned defence of his career and fellow pundit Alex Scott

Richards went on to deliver an impassioned defence of his career and fellow pundit Alex Scott

Richards went on to deliver an impassioned defence of his career and fellow pundit Alex Scott

Richards also leapt to the defence of former England international Scott, who has herself been a victim of social media abuse in recent months after rising to prominence as a pundit.

Scott, the ex-Arsenal footballer and TV presenter aged 35, has been at the centre of much discussion – and relentless online trolling – amid rumours she’s set to become the new host of BBC’s A Question Of Sport, replacing Sue Barker, who was axed after 24 years.

But Richards described Scott as ‘absolutely incredible’ and ‘one of the best’ pundits he’s worked with.

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Frank Lampard challenges Callum Hudson-Odoi to ‘flourish again’ with starting berth against Barnsley

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Callum Hudson-Odoi will start Chelsea‘s Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley with Frank Lampard‘s challenge to ‘flourish again’ ringing in his ears.

Blues boss Lampard has confirmed that England wing Hudson-Odoi will make just his second start since February 1 in Wednesday night’s League Cup clash at Stamford Bridge.

The 19-year-old has shot to prominence with both Chelsea and England since making his Blues debut in 2017, but a torn Achilles in March 2019 dented his progress. 

Callum Hudson-Odoi will start Chelsea 's Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley

Callum Hudson-Odoi will start Chelsea 's Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley

Callum Hudson-Odoi will start Chelsea ‘s Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley

Frank Lampard has challenged the English winger to 'flourish again' for Chelsea

Frank Lampard has challenged the English winger to 'flourish again' for Chelsea

Frank Lampard has challenged the English winger to ‘flourish again’ for Chelsea 

Hudson-Odoi has long since shaken off that issue but continues to battle for regular football, with manager Lampard now accepting it ‘remains to be seen’ whether he could be loaned out before the October transfer window.

‘We know in a Premier League squad and the number of games we’re going to play, we need competition in those areas, back-ups in those areas and players competing to make that position their own,’ said Lampard.

‘That’s where Callum is at and that’s why I keep saying he needs to train, he needs to show in training every day and when he gets his opportunity in games, which he will have tomorrow because he will play against Barnsley.

‘At the moment we have Christian Pulisic injured, Hakim Ziyech injured. We played Timo Werner out wide against Liverpool. 

Lampard accepts that it 'remains to be seen' whether Hudson-Odoi could be loaned out

Lampard accepts that it 'remains to be seen' whether Hudson-Odoi could be loaned out

Lampard accepts that it ‘remains to be seen’ whether Hudson-Odoi could be loaned out

‘But the absolute natural winger who is fit at the minute is Callum. He has to show in every minute, on and off the ball, what he can do for the team and that’s the position Callum is in at the minute.

‘He’s had an early breakthrough in his career because of his talent, he’s had an injury and now I want to see him flourish again.’

Chelsea paid for Barnsley’s Covid-19 tests ahead Wednesday’s clash in west London, with Blues bosses not anticipating any issues with the fixture.

Bayern Munich have failed in the past with a concerted effort to prise Hudson-Odoi away from Chelsea, and the Bavarians are rumoured to retain their interest in one of England’s top young talents.

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