A year after reaching a 'partnership agreement', Spurs and Real Madrid look set to do battle all over again; this time over the finest footballer out of White Hart Lane.
Gareth Bale, 24, was double Player of the Year last season and a move to Spain has been mooted for some time.
Spurs have insisted that they will only let him go when they want, and the player has always expressed happiness at staying put in England, even without Champions League football – until now.
Real Madrid want a ‘Galactico’ signing to rival Barcelona's Neymar capture, and they have set their sights on Bale.
Latest reports say Bale wants the move to Madrid now, and not later because Madrid has issued his camp an ultimatum - force a move now or never. For Spurs, the time has come to let Bale go.
A mammoth €115 million fee should be enough to tempt Daniel Levy and Spurs to consider negotiations, but the potential inclusion of Angel Di Maria or Fabio Coentrao, or even both, should convince them to sell Bale.
Bale has played his part for Spurs; he took them to their best ever points total in the league, and even though they have made considerable efforts to complement Bale and push for a place in the Champions League, no one can blame him for being ambitious – and Spurs cannot afford to play hard ball.
If Bale requests a move, they should grant him just that or risk disrupting squad harmony.
If Real Madrid are willing to shell out that huge sum of money and move Di Maria plus Coentrao to England, Spurs must take advantage and invest heavily in their squad.
Napoli have shown an example in how to take advantage of heavy-valued players to strengthen a team, and they are better for it. Now Spurs must do the same.
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