Gareth Bale returns to Tottenham for pre-season training today (Monday) - and David Villa could follow as early as this week.

The Barcelona striker has reached an agreement in principle with Spurs and it is now down to the two clubs to agree a fee.

Tottenham’s offer to Barca, however, has not yet met the £8.6million asking price that the Spanish champions are demanding.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy believes he can drive the price down as Barca want to get Villa off the wage bill now that he has been deemed surplus to requirements.

Barca do not want to find themselves committed to paying Villa’s wages next season, around £110,000-a-week, when he would simply allowed to leave on a free when his contract expires next May.

Meanwhile Bale is among the first batch of players arriving on Monday for pre-season training.

The second batch, players that have been involved in internationals immediately after the season’s end, return next week.