I have said all summer that I expect Gareth Bale to be a Tottenham Hotspur player next season but a number of ludicrous offers have been suggested by newspapers and football websites and forced me to question my opinion.
Whether or not you are of the opinion that Bale has done enough to be mentioned with the likes of Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is irrelevant, as Real Madrid apparently do. The Welshman, who scooped up every player award in the Premier League last season, has attracted interest from every corner of the world.
His 26 goals for Tottenham last season led midfield legend Zinedine Zidane to say Bale was the most exciting player in Europe, although this comment should be taken with a pinch of salt considering the Frenchman’s position at suitors Real Madrid. Although it wasn’t solely his goal tally that drew this attention, he realistically could have had his own goal of the season highlight reel. More importantly the manner and timings of his goals made me question reality at times, leading to jibes of ‘one man team’ on more than one occasion in the direction of the Spurs faithful.
The question really then is one of value, how much money will it take to finally send a quiver to the usually stiff upper lip of Daniel Levy? Reports are suggesting he will accept offers of £100 million despite his insistence that his prize asset was not for sale at any price. With any other chairman I’d say this would be an acceptable figure to complete a sudden U-turn but Levy is more stubborn than most people. He seems intent on fighting with the big boy’s at every opportunity; remember the stance he took towards Chelsea’s bid for Luka Modric a couple of years ago.
Can he really turn his nose up at the astronomical figures being mentioned? Would anyone blame him for going back on his word if it meant £100 million was injected into Spurs’ transfer kitty? Or £85 million and an immediate replacement in the form of Angel Di Maria? I guess in reality, away from tabloid fabrication, only time will tell.
Would YOU sell Gareth Bale for £100 million?
- Yes (67%, 12 Votes)
- No (33%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 18