I had read that Bale was likely to start - but not that he was to start as the striker. I'm not sure what Daffy hasn't rejoined the tour. Bentley, Jenas AND Gomes..
I hadn't seen that we'd turned down £36m from Real for Modric. The concern for me then is that if Modders doesn't go, he won't be ready for the start of the season anyway. And now we need a replacement for Pienaar as well to get the squad back to 'strength' - Krancjar and Pienaar gone with Gylfi in.
There seems to be a lot to get done in the transfer market before the 18th (2 weeks +) - hopefully things are moving behind the scenes. Unless Levy/AVB are using the change in regime to clear our the squad and fill the gaps with the likes of Carroll,Kane and Caulker?