Gareth Bale could just as easily not have made the record-breaking £85million switch to Real Madrid last summer, as his former boss at Tottenham Hotspur revealed he nearly could have landed the winger for as little as £5million.
Manchester United have recently been linked with a sensational £90million offer for the Welshman, who has been outstanding since he made the switch from White Hart Lane to the Spanish capital.
Could all have been different
However, Martin Jol has told talkSPORT that Bale may well have been plying his trade in the Bundesliga because Spurs were offering him around Europe for as little as £5million and Jol was one of the people he was offered to.
"I saw his potential straight away, but other people didn’t see that in the early stages of his career and that led to Spurs offering Bale to me when I went to Hamburg,” said on the radio station.
“We had to pay a lot of money to get him though, about five or six million, which we couldn’t afford at the time. I then asked Daniel Levy if we could take him on loan instead, but at that time it was not possible.
“So yes, Hamburg could have bought Bale for £5million because, of course, he was not playing at that moment. He couldn’t get into the side, so Spurs offered him to other clubs.”
Spurs fans will be thankful that Harry Redknapp decided to give Bale a chance on the left wing, as the young Southampton academy graduate never looked back.
After carrying Spurs to two top four finishes in three years, he eventually decided to move on and a host of Europe’s leading clubs were reportedly keen on signing him – including Manchester United.
However, Real Madrid eventually won the race for his signature – partnering up with Cristiano Ronaldo proved too tempting a proposition to turn down. The pair are now part of one of the most feared attacking trios in European football with Karim Benzema.
Recent reports suggested that Manchester United turned attentions towards a future £90million bid after they were told taking Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford would not be happening.