White Hart Lane side to sell prized asset?
Punto Pelota, a Spanish football TV programme, can usually be relied upon to produce and disemanate the wildest of transfer rumours and it seems they have outdone themselves on this occasion.
‘Agent’ Francois Gallardo claims that Tottenham have already agreed a €80m (£68m) deal with Real Madrid to sell their prized asset Gareth Bale this summer and that the move will be set to go through in late August, when the White Hart Lane side will have set about replacing the Welsh international and the Spanish giants time to sell a few unwanted members of their squad so as to finance the move.
Indeed Real Madrid would perhaps have to sell one or two of their big name players to help finance such a move given that president Florentino Perez has forked out large sums to bring in Spanish youngsters Isco and Asier Illarramendi and of course the La Liga side have been linked with moves to sell Gonzalo Higuain this summer, with both Arsenal and Napoli said to be keen on the Argentine.
Of course there has been a great deal of speculation as to whether the North London club could keep hold of Bale but he appears to be happy to remain at Tottenham despite the lack of Champions League football but perhaps if a truly mammoth offer was made then chairman Daniel Levy would be forced to consider such an approach.
The excellent Sport Witness is of course rightfully dubious about Mr Gallardo’s credentials and indeed his ability to correctly predict up coming transfers.
Bale had an outstanding campaign in 2012/13, scoring 26 goals in all competitions, and it must have been hard to see such individual efforts effectively come to nothing though if Andre Villas-Boas invests wisely in the transfer market, having already signed Brazilian Paulinho, then Tottenham could perhaps mount a less ‘one-man’ mission to secure a coveted top four finish.