The Mail on Sunday says when Tottenham officials sat down with Van Gaal last season to discuss what needed to be done to their squad, it is understood they came away from the meeting surprised and gratified.
At that stage there was a very real chance Van Gaal would be the next Spurs manager and there was an expectation that the Dutchman would be outlining his demands for a raft of transfers which would be necessary to lift Spurs into the Champions League.
He told Tottenham: "I have studied your squad and I can take these players into the Champions League."
There was no demand for big-name signings, no huge transfer budget required. A degree of tweaking was needed and perhaps some low-key additions.
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