Spanish newspaper AS believe Tottenham are in a panic with two of their best players linked to Real Madrid in a year which, they believe, sees Florentino Perez eager to do something big to convince the club’s fans to vote for him.

Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli are the men mentioned, but it must be noted that AS make no attempt to back up the claims of Madrid interest in the pair. Those claims have been pushed repeatedly in England, with Sky Sports and others wrongly reporting it was AS who launched the Lloris story. 

In a column by Joaquin Maroto on Tuesday it’s explained that Tottenham don’t want to go through another ‘traumatic’ experience like they did with Gareth Bale. That’s quite a curious claim, because it’s often reported in Spain that it was Tottenham who put Perez and Madrid through the trauma whilst making sure they got the deal which suited Spurs.

The Madrid media are struggling over a lack of obvious Real Madrid targets. The most exciting that they’ve been able to muster up in recent weeks are David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois.

Screen Shot 2017-02-14 at 09.33.55Despite AS believing so, there is no panic at Tottenham or elsewhere, even Manchester United don’t seem too concerned at this stage about a possible De Gea move.

Lloris and Alli aren’t quite Galactico enough for what Perez would want, and don’t seem to be Zinedine Zidane picks either.

Having been starved of January rumours because of the club’s transfer ban, the Real Madrid press are looking for anything they can to hype up, but, perhaps strangely, there doesn’t appear to be a lot going on.

Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino can rest easy at the moment, there’s absolutely no need for the panic that AS hope has already set in.