For a while, multiple reports in the Spanish media have explained that Bryan Gil moving to Valencia on loan this summer has been dependent on Tottenham Hotspur bringing a player in.

The 21-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at the Spanish club, so wasn’t a part of Antonio Conte’s squad for that period. Therefore, a direct replacement may not be seen as necessary, yet the claims have continued anyway.

Now they’ve been backed up by Valencia manager Gennaro Gattuso, who almost ended up in charge at Spurs before a fan backlash killed the deal.

Speaking on Sunday, the Italian concentrated on saying Gil is very close to sealing a move back to Valencia, with the switch expected to beat the deadline this week.

He also dropped a huge hint about Tottenham bringing in a replacement, backing up what had previously been claimed in Spain as a reason for holding up the transfer.

TMW quote Gattuso as saying: “For Bryan it’s done, Tottenham told us that 90-99% it is closed. two or three days, Spurs told us that before they let him go they must take a substitute. We are waiting for Tottenham to acquire a player in that role.”

Valencia are also expected to complete the signing of Edinson Cavani, who has been a free agent all summer.