Bale to Real Madrid: madness or fantastic business for Spurs?

Some would take the money and run. The more romantic of football fan would like the player to refuse the offer and declare eternal love to his club, whilst the cynics cry out for the manager and club to show some cojones and hold the player to his contract.

In most cases, however, the first option is considered a success for all parties involved, while the fans’ feelings will no doubt float between indifference, disappointment and, more rarely, a “thank you and good luck” attitude if he was to be sold.

As Spanish newspaper Marca announced that Real Madrid are prepared to table a whopping £85m for Gareth Bale, many Spurs fans undoubtedly felt a shiver down their spine at the thought of Bale-less side.

It wouldn’t be the first time a Spurs fan felt that shiver after Spurs looked a little flat without their star man last season and only won two games since the turn of the year without Bale scoring. Spurs also didn’t look threatening without Bale as they lost to Sunderland in the Barclays Asia Trophy this week, but that was merely a friendly in awful conditions.

The Welshman’s formidable form over the last couple of seasons has seen him develop into one of the greatest players in the world and, despite Andre Villas Boas’ reiterated belief that Bale will remain in North London, Real Madrid’s siren could prove irresistible for the 24-year-old.

As good as Bale is – and he’s very, very good – would Spurs be wise to turn down such a lucrative offer and, say, run the risk to be forced to sell the Welshman for an inferior price in 12 months time?

At the peak of his powers, and with a flurry of individual awards in his cabinet, Bale is probably worth the money Real Madrid are reportedly ready to offer, but were his form to drop or he to suffer an injury, would Spurs be able to command such a huge fee next summer?

The counter argument to this thesis is that, without Bale, Spurs would be a largely inferior side, while his sale would cast doubts over the club’s ambitions, but is selling a prize asset really such a bad option in this day and age? Afterall, Manchester United sold Ronaldo and went on to win two titles.

Spurs find themselves in a very similar situation to the one Napoli were in a couple of weeks ago when, fronted with PSG’s insisted courting of Edinson Cavani, they soon realised that parting ways with the Uruguayan striker was their only option.

Like Bale, Cavani was his club’s best player by far, accounting for 40% of Napoli’s goals last season. Cavani managed to turn the Partenopei into title challengers during his three seasons at the San Paolo, during which he netted 78 goals in 104 league games but, unlike the Welshman, Napoli knew none of their domestic rivals could afford Cavani.

Despite their desire to hold on to their best player, Napoli agreed to sell Cavani for €64m (£55m), quickly investing part of that money on Gonzalo Higuain who will join the club from Real Madrid for a fee between £30m-32m. It is unlikely that will be the end of Rafa Benitez’s business this summer.

Considering that, by selling Bale, Spurs could pocket £30m more than Napoli did for Cavani, AVB would be presented with a rather formidable budget, one that, in theory, should allow him to purchase not only the world class striker Spurs are desperate for, but also another two top-quality players.

While selling Bale would deprive Spurs of a superb match-winner, who’s to say that Roberto Soldado (priced at £25m) and some other quality additions couldn’t help Spurs to reach a top four spot and, dare we say it, even more than that?

After all, despite Bale’s heroics, Spurs missed out on a Champions League spot last season and have failed to get their hands on any silverware since winning the League Cup in 2008 – at a time when the Welshman was a more peripheral figure – just as Napoli only managed to win the Coppa Italia during Cavani’s spell at the club.

Furthermore, Spurs are increasingly matured a reputation for being a “one-man team”, over reliant on the Welshman abilities, to the point where many teams feel that stopping Bale – as hard a task as it is –  is enough to neutralise AVB’s team.

Were Bale to leave, replacing him would be almost impossible, but with £85m in the club’s coffers, Spurs could have plenty of options to strengthen their squad, even without their talismanic Welshman.

Spurs fans, should Levy accept £85m and rebuild the team or is worth to hold on to Bale for at least another season? Let us know your thoughts below or, better still, you can follow Football Rascal on Twitter and Facebook by just clicking the links. It would be rude not to!

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  1. melvinp says:

    as a spurs fan since my birth, i am horrified by only the thoughts of Bale being link up with other clubs. Real Madrid is a big club allright, but is it there devine right to have the best that the world has to offer. i would be devistated if Bale leaves for Real or any other club for that matter, cause i truly feel if my dearest Spur have ambitions to take the team to another level then Bale is one of the core of the team to get there. So, please hold on to Bale with everything that we have in our armoury.

  2. rocker58 says:

    Love to see Gareth Bale stay at Spurs, but if he must go it can’t be to Premier League club so it has to be Madrid, there would be life without Bale especially if two quality strikers were bought with the money from the Bale transfer and possibly a left back. Rose like Assou-Ekotto seems pretty good when attacking but very suspect when defending. The main thing is that the deal needs to be done sooner rather than later, as for Gareth Bale hopefully he will have blinder of a season for Spurs again next year, if he goes well I would like to thank him for what he has done for Spurs wish him luck. But the transfer must be used to strengthen the squad.

  3. Beardo says:

    This should have a headline of Typical Marca BS or Totally Fake Story.

    Marca have a reputation of being the tapping up tool of choice for RM. However if you look over their history they get far more wrong than they do right. It’s the same with the British press, they create so many fake stories, eventually one of them turns out to be right and then don’t they just love to let us know.

    However I feel, with all of the comments coming from the Tottemham board, the management team and with no comments from Bale himself, that this is just wishfull thinking on the part of Marca.

    I get sick and tired of all the rubish i read during the trasfer window and it would be nice if news outlets and web pages such as this could report facts and not pure speculation. Then again it would put all these so call journalists out of work. Now wouldn’t that be a shame!!

  4. Roger says:

    My heart wants Bale to be here at Spurs. However he is one player and if he is injured during our season what then. My head says £85 million cash not add ons and not a premier league club. Well that could buy us 4 x £20 million payers and put the other £5 million to uping our bid to the release figure for Soldato . Well I could talk myself into thinking that would be good business.

  5. Nathan says:

    Spurs are not “in a very similar situation to the one Napoli were in a couple of weeks ago”. Bale has shown no intention of wanting to leave, and his buyout clause is £200m so unless the club wants to let him go, he goes nowhere.
    It’s all very easy to say “but with the money, spurs could buy all these amazing players”, but the truth is 1) we already have about 30£m budgeted to spend this window (presumably including some players going out) and 2) it’s very hard to attract players significantly better than those we have when we can’t offer CL football. And we can’t get anyone in Bale’s league in.

  6. bafullo says:

    85m is Good business with money spur will build unstoppable team in the next 2 to 3 years in England no doubt about since we have Lavy as Manager

  7. Nick says:

    Interesting article, but there is one problem – even with even deeper pockets are the players available that would significantly improve the current Spurs side? Already the striker economy is in short supply and Spurs need two top-quality forwards (Ade needs to go). Another winger would be needed if Bale went, but who? Centre-back and left-back may also be potential areas to strengthen in, but there aren’t that many players available better than what we have. Without CL football on offer, we would only be shopping at the same level we are already, therefore Bale needs to stay!

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