While construction of Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium is still full-steam ahead, there's still that pesky issue of where Spurs will play their football in the 2017-18 season. Spurs have been in the middle of a long, drawn out process to find a home away from home while White Hart Lane is torn down and the new stadium is constructed.
Now, ESPN is reporting that Spurs are very close to a deal to play their home matches in Wembley Stadium... and that the agreement will be for two years instead of one.
There isn't a whole lot new to this report than the last time we wrote about Spurs and Wembley back in February. The deal still isn't finalized, and the club hasn't made any official statements. However, according to ESPN, talks between the FA and Spurs officials "have progressed to a point where both parties are confident of reaching a deal."
Additionally, the two-year agreement would serve as a contingency plan for the stadium construction. While nobody wants to see Spurs away from North London for any longer than is absolutely necessary, construction delays and setbacks are common in any large project such as this one; Arsenal notoriously suffered through numerous delays in the construction of the Emirates. Having Wembley set aside for a second season would serve as a buffer in case the new stadium won't be ready in time for the start of the 2018-19 season.
It's still not clear what role Chelsea plays in these rounds of negotiations. Previous reports suggested that Spurs might share Wembley with the Blues for the 2017-18 season while they complete a two-year remodel of Stamford Bridge. There have also been rumors circulating that the Wembley agreement might be for league matches only, with domestic cup matches played at MK Dons' stadium in Milton Keynes.