Bale-out signals change down at the Lane
SWANSEA City travel to face a Spurs side who look to be preparing for life without Gareth Bale.
The Welsh winger has been the subject of frenzied transfer speculation all summer, with Real Madrid tipped to be lining up a world record bid for his services.
That move looks increasingly likely as Andre Villas-Boas continues to spend big.
Tottenham are hoping to complete the signing of Brazilian midfielder Willian for £30 million before Michael Laudrup takes his side to White Hart Lane on Sunday.
That would take their overall outlay to more than £80 million since the end of last season, leading many to suggest the funds from Bale's sale are already being reinvested.
The North London club broke their transfer record to land Roberto Soldado in a £26 million switch from Valencia and have also brought in the likes of Paulinho (£17 million), Etienne Capoue (£9 million) and Nacer Chadli (£7 million).
Even if Bale goes, Spurs could be genuine title contenders this season, especially given the uncertainty surrounding Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, all of whom have recently appointed new managers.
Incredibly, Villas-Boas is entering a second season with the same club for the first time in his career.
His first term with Tottenham is broadly regarded as a success despite the fact they were narrowly pipped to a Champions League spot by arch-rivals Arsenal.
The Portuguese's new recruits complement a squad that already contained quality.
Gylfi Sigurdsson showed his class during a loan spell with Swansea two seasons ago before joining Spurs last summer.
He failed to hit such heights in his maiden campaign with the Londoners, but hopes to play in a central midfield role this term, a position he hopes will be more profitable.
"It will be nice to play there again, I enjoy playing there," he said.
"It's taken a bit of a longer time than I wanted (to settle) here at Tottenham and hopefully I can do well this season.
"Hopefully I'll stay there behind the striker because Soldado and Jermain (Defoe) are top strikers and it's quite easy and good to play behind them.
"As long as I'm playing I don't really mind, but that's one of my better positions — playing behind the striker.
"I think that's probably what I prefer but if the gaffer wants me to play on the left or right side then I'm quite happy to play there."