Many fans, managers and players have complained over the summer about the manner in which Tottenham, Gareth Bale and more importantly Real Madrid have gone about the negotiations over the signing of last season’s Premier League player of the year.
However, the more contentious issues in what has been the most high profile transfer saga of the summer has been the price that the Spanish club seem to be prepared to pay to acquire the prolific Welsh international. That massive expenditure has even been highlighted further by Gerardo Martino’s comments that the record breaking fee was “A lack of respect to the world in general”.
That outburst can be seen as slightly hypocritical by many, coming from a club that this summer spent €50 million (£48.6 million) on Neymar, a player who is as yet only a future prospect, very high investment into the future from the defending Spanish champions.
Nonetheless, the club’s outrage over the reported sum of £183 million, including add-ons and salary, reveals that Real Madrid have reached extents that other clubs would never dream of in their search of a tenth Champion’s League trophy.
The fact that Barcelona have hit out at Bale’s move to the Iberian capital is a slap in the face of world football economics, which seem to have been running freely, reaching dizzying heights in the last few years and one can’t help but wonder at the madness of spending close to £100 million on a player who has only really had one outstanding season in the Premier League, even if it has earned him the status of the third best player in the world in many people’s point of view.
In fact, it has taken criticism from one of the world’s most indebted clubs to truly bring home the fact that Real Madrid should not, in any way, need to spend so much on a single player, especially in the current economic crisis, something that will surely be reinforced if Madrid come up against Bayern Munich over the course of this season.
Of course, one should take into account the effect of things such inflation and the need to use money to lure the best players in the world after having fallen from the summit of world football, even for clubs such as Real Madrid who are still very competitive, but there are limits and surely clubs should limit their spending to reasonable sums.
After all, even the newly rich and very ambitious Monaco have not spent such staggering sums on a single player.
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