Gareth Bale was comfortably the best player in the Premier League last season and has now fully established himself as one of the best players in world football, leading to interest from the likes of Real Madrid.
Key figures in the Madrid hierarchy, including Zinedine Zidane and club President Florentino Perez have expressed their desire to see Bale arrive in the Spanish capital. Should a Ronaldo-sized bid come Tottenham's way, should the club cash in? Here's why I think they should.
Tottenham have the foundations for a truly competitive team, but were often guilty of relying too heavily on Bale last season, due in part to the poor performances of Emmanuel Adebayor and the injury problems for Jermain Defoe.
Selling Bale could give Andre Villas-Boas the funds needed to build a more rounded team, that doesn't rely so heavily on a single player. As exceptional as Bale is, perhaps having a stronger all round team with more experienced players, would bring greater rewards than having one star to rely on.
The rumoured £80 million that Madrid are willing to pay would be more than enough to add three or four, top class players. But more importantly players who could bring the experience and know how that Spurs need to make the next step.
They've already got a top signing in Paulinho, who will add quality and work rate to an already decent midfield. The Brazilian will no doubt help improve the teams consistency next season.
Signing an inspirational defender and a clinical striker would give Spurs a stronger spine that all the teams need to win major honours. However getting the extra two or three, top players may not be possible with Tottenham's current budget.
The bottom line is Tottenham need players who know how to win, even when they aren't playing well. For far too long Tottenham have crumbled in the final stages of the season when it really counts. Cashing in on Bale could help see this kind of player arrive at White Hart Lane.
Greater experience has seen bitter rivals Arsenal scrape above them yet again, even with a weaker squad. Painful as it may be for Spurs fans, Arsenal are a good example of a more experienced and balanced team that know how to get results when the going get's tough. That's proven by the contrast in form since Tottenham deservedly beat The Gunners at White Hart Lane
If Tottenham do decide to cash-in on Bale or keep him things seem to be looking good so far this summer.
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