Gareth Bale's protracted move to Real Madrid would mean Tottenham Hotspur losing their best player, but they could receive a world record fee in excess of £80million for his services.
A fee this large could open up the transfer market like never before.
Perhaps most significantly, it would open the door for Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Manchester United, as he could be deemed surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu. It would also allow Spurs to strengthen in areas which would allow them to finally break into the top four.
We all know how Roman Abramovich runs Chelsea, he wouldn't sit idly by whilst this all happened; oh no, he would spend big, perhaps more than ever before.
Manchester City's transfer policy hardly needs mentioning, and Arsenal would be desperate to stay in the top four. The altered dynamics and increased competition in the Premier League could create a more competitive environment than the one that saw City roll over and relinquish the title they fought so hard to win to hated rivals United.
Whilst Ronaldo is admired at the Bernabeu, he is not adored like he is by Manchester United fans. The Old Trafford faithful still sing his name every game and it's been almost four years since he left Manchester.
He received a welcome unlike any he has received in Spain when he returned to Old Trafford to knock United out of the Champions League last season. Ronaldo is a man with a huge ego, a man that needs to be adored by his own, and loathed by his enemies; it is what makes him tick.
He will never be fully accepted by Real Madrid as one of their own because of his nationality. The commercial value of the deal would be worth its weight in gold to Nike, who pay United and Ronaldo millions of pounds in sponsorship deals every year and who must be getting pretty irritated at seeing one of their biggest assets in Ronaldo running around in Real Madrid's Adidas kit every week.
United also want to make a marquee signing to signal the club's intent following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, and what better way to do it then by bringing back a man who is worshipped by their fans?
The race for fourth place in the Premier League has had a certain element of predictability about it for many years now; Arsenal will have a mid-season stutter whilst Spurs will throw a few good results together and go on a good run before ultimately imploding, allowing Arsenal to canter into fourth and the Champions League.
Although Spurs face the prospect of losing their talisman, £80million is a lot of money. Just think who they could buy... pretty much anyone. They have already spent well on Roberto Soldado and Paulinho. Andre Villas Boas has never been allowed the freedom of the transfer market in England with Spurs, and if you look at what he did with Porto, the silver lining could be bigger than the cloud for Spurs should they sell choose to sell.
If they get into Europe, they will only attract better and better players, meaning Bale could be the elephant in the room at the home dressing room at White Hart Lane?
If United and Spurs strengthen so significantly, there is no way they will not face stiff competition from other top teams. Abramovich splashed out close to £40million on Eden Hazard last year after Chelsea somehow won the Champions League, and I'm sure he'd rather forget a few years ago when he threw £50million at Liverpool for the services of Fernando Torres for no apparent reason.
My point is there is absolutely no way he would sit by and let old enemies United and new rivals Spurs strengthen so significantly without competing.
Manchester City have spent close to £100million on their team this summer, and there is no way Sheikh Mansour would watch Ronaldo fly over to the red half without trying to match United in a fight to sign more megastars in what could resemble school children playing a game of top trumps more than football clubs conducting business.
Arsenal have hung onto their reputation of being in Europe every season for 16 years with some smugness of late but, despite failures thus far in the transfer market, chairman Ivan Gazidis says the club are ready to spend big.
Their bitter rivalry with Spurs mean they would be extra determined to cling to their reputation as north London's finest, but it would take some doing if Villas-Boas is allowed free reign in the transfer market.
So, Bale moving to Real Madrid could be the move that could free up up a somewhat stagnated transfer market.
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