White Hart Lane look to end the advances of Spanish giants with big valuation on young Welsh winger. Will it work?
Tottenham frighten off Barcelona with Bale price tag as Real Madrid move into driving seat to sign Welshman
Bernabeu side have leapfrogged bitter rivals in race to land the 22-year-old, who is rated in the £40m-plus bracket by Spurs, even though he is said to prefer a move to Camp Nou
With his concession that he would find it hard to resist a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid if either of the Spanish A-listers come calling, Gareth Bale did little to halt the rumour mill that surrounds his future plans.
A summer of upheaval is already on the cards for Tottenham, given the uncertainty over the futures of Harry Redknapp and Luka Modric.
To say goodbye to both would be unfortunate, although not unexpected. To also lose Bale, the club’s third prize asset, would inevitably destroy much of Redknapp’s excellent work over the last four seasons.
Will it work?
In today’s transfer market £40m+ seems about the right price for a player of Gareth Bale’s talent and potential and if Tottenham really wanted to vanquish talk of the Welshman leaving the North London club they could simply say ‘He’s not for sale’ much as chairman Daniel Levy told Chelsea in relation to Luka Modric last term.
22 year old Bale has continued to impress this term after being on fire for most of the previous 18 months and now the wide-man has become a focal point of Harry Redknapp’s attack and a player the club can ill afford to lose, not least because losing the youngster could well show a lack of ambition by Tottenham and could lead to further departures.
Bale is tied down to a long term contract and Levy would do well to stick to his guns on this point. If Tottenham secure a top four finish then there will be less chance that the former Southampton man would be looking to leave and that looks like a decent bet now after the club got back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Swansea City.
Over the past two seasons Bale has racked up 16 goals and 17 assists in Premier League action alone and his performances in last season’s Champions League action further attracted interest from the continent.