It is a question on every Tottenham fan’s lips as we head towards the end of the season. Will they manage to keep Gareth Bale at the football club for another year?
The winger’s form for much of this season has elevated him to the position of one of the most sought after players on the planet. Bale is the top scoring midfielder in the league, the first player since Jurgen Klinsmann in 94/95 to score 20 goals in a season for Spurs, and to cap it all off, last week he won both PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards, and the Football Writer’s Player of the Year.
Bale, still just 23, has at times single-handedly carried Tottenham this season, scoring nearly a third of their total Premier League goals. Considering that this is for one of the league’s better teams it is even more impressive.
On top of this, Bale is an entertainer. He scores last minute wonder strikes from outside of the box, making him more of a marketable player than someone reliably tucking in the same amount of times. We all know that a goal’s a goal, but some goals get you off your seat more than others.
Which brings me to my point. If Gareth Bale moves in the summer he will surely do so for £60 million plus. It may not even surprise anyone if he threatens Cristiano Ronaldo’s record transfer fee.
Now consider this, the entire Tottenham team that finished the game against Southampton was acquired for around £73 million. That’s including big money purchases of proven international players that have gone on to do very well for the club – Bale himself, Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Jermain Defoe.
A lot of the talk is of him going to Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich or Manchester United. Arguably, Manchester City could also be thrown into that mix. If, and it’s a big if still, Bale was to move on, it is likely that Spurs would be able to pick some pretty adequate players in exchange, that would in any other scenario, be hugely impressive enhancements to the team.
For example, how would Gonzalo Higuain and Fabio Coentrao plus £20 million sound as some form of compensation? If that £20 million was spent on a direct high-level replacement for Bale then it could be argued that Tottenham would be significantly stronger than when the Welshman was still there.
Of course, ask any Spurs fan what they would prefer and nearly every one would want Bale at the club as long as possible. It is likely though that this is the time to sell that will garner the biggest fee – he would have to get to the level of 40-50 goals a season.
He would have to be considered an equal to Lionel Messi and Ronaldo to be worth more, and he may not be able to get to that level with Tottenham. The counter to that is that he is possibly the most talented player to play for the north Londoners since Paul Gascoigne or Glenn Hoddle, and he is someone to build a team around no matter what the sacrifice is.
Either way, and this is the sweetener for Tottenham fans, Gareth Bale is an asset. In the team or if he was to leave the team, he is arguably the most valuable player in Britain.
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