Tottenham fans are used to seeing speculation surrounding their Welsh wizard, Gareth Bale, but things really seem to have come to a head this summer. When his presence on the FIFA 14 box and various advertisements wearing a Spurs shirt is analysed into the ground, you know that trouble is brewing.
Whilst the Papers and online media don’t help, you don’t have a season like Bale’s 2012/13 showing and expect to have a quiet summer. Despite his hefty price-tag, I’m sure Gareth Bale’s agent has been kept fairly busy since the transfer window re-opened and not had much time to conduct football betting at betfair.
Labeling Spurs a one man team would be unfair, but Bale’s contribution last season was sizable. His ability to save games, pull a goal out of nowhere and cause havoc with his direct running often made the difference last year. Whilst it wasn’t enough to secure Champions League football (a very close run thing), it was certainly enough to make the rest of the world sit up and take note.
We’ve heard a fair amount regarding Manchester United’s interest, but it’s always seemed a little bit too good to be true. Can the Red Devils really afford to smash their transfer record and bring Bale in?
According to The Mirror, United have launched a ‘massive’ £60m bid for Gareth Bale. Whilst that is indeed a massive fee, it’s worth noting immediately that it’s not going to be enough to tempt Tottenham to sell.
As things current stand, Gareth Bale is (arguably) the third best player in the world. He’s also only 24-years-old. He’s an absolutely sensational talent who is only going to get better. Given the current state of the transfer market and the fact that Spurs don’t have a pressing need to sell, £60m is unlikely to be enough.
As was the case with his Cesc Fabregas bid, David Moyes has gone in too low. Still, it’s getting to the stage where signing Bale is just about the only thing that will stop the flow of nonsense that’s constantly being spread about Wayne Rooney. It would provide a welcome change of channel.
If United are genuinely interested, it’ll be fascinating to see exactly how far they’re willing to go and whether they can offer enough to tempt Tottenham to sell. Signing Bale would more or less secure United success for the next half decade or so, but it comes with a cost.
What’s your take? Can Spurs afford to chase Gareth Bale?
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