White Hart Lane outfit apparently prepare for the worst.
A host of Europe’s top clubs are gearing up for a summer battle for Gareth Bale, after Tottenham made an approach for a replacement, according to reports in the Italian press.
Daily newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claims Spurs have made enquiries about Lyon’s Brazilian left-sided player Michel Bastos, who they have identified as a potential replacement for Bale should the Welshman leave the club in the summer.
This has alerted Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and Inter Milan to Bale’s availability.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is desperate to keep the 21-year-old at White Hart Lane and he even signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract earlier this month, but if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League, he may still look to leave.
Should that happen, the fact that he is tied to a long-term contract simply means Spurs will be able to negotiate a higher transfer fee.
Bastos, 27, is similar to Bale in that he can play on either flank or at left-back.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Whilst there is no denying that Michel Bastos is a quality player it does seem unlikely that Tottenham will be ready to admit defeat on keeping Gareth Bale at White Hart Lane, not least because the Welsh youngster only signed a new long term contract a short while ago, and this may well be the construction of an overly imaginative Italian journalist.
Bale has a lot to thank Spurs for. When he first arrived at the North London club from Southampton it was with something of a fanfare but it took quite some time for him to settle and Harry Redknapp gave him a chance to prove himself after a patchy period of form under Juande Ramos.
The 21 year old has been in incredibly consistent form over the past 18 months and clearly his showings in the Champions League have brought his ability to the fore and a number of Europe’s elite are hungry to sign the left winger but it seems unlikely he will be leaving any time soon.
Clearly if Tottenham were to nosedive over the next season or two then perhaps talk of an exit would be more realistic, but we are talking a side that has made major leaps under Redknapp and it seems unlikely that any big star would want to leave the club at this point in time, though this has not stopped speculation that a number of players including Rafael Van der Vaart, Luka Modric, Aaron Lennon and Sandro are all being monitored by prospective suitors.
27 year old Lyon man Bastos is a similar player to Bale and has been a big hit since his move to the Stade Gerland from Lille and the £18m rated Brazilian international has apparently made no secret of his desire to leave France after five seasons in Ligue 1.