Gareth Bale exploded onto the scene last year, scoring goal after goal in key situations.
Manchester United know this better than anyone, after Bale consistently cut through their defence and led his team to four out of a possible six points against them last season. The defending champions have made a £60m bid,Tottenham can't let Bale go to although this is unlikely to be the price that pries him away. This bid comes in light of more Wayne Rooney rumours.
Bale reportedly told some friends that he would favour a move to the Red Devils. After all, he'd be able to play in the Premier League and Champions League, and have a chance to win both.
However, Bale still feels connections to Tottenham and doesn't seem unhappy there. Bale and Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas have one of the best player-coach relationships in football. AVB turned down a massive offer from Paris Saint-Germain to stay at Tottenham, and Bale was probably a major factor.
In fact, Bale praised his boss, even after the United rumours appeared. He cited his Portuguese manager's coaching and tactics as reasons for his emergence as a superstar.
Besides the manager, though, Manchester United hold the advantage in every key area. They have more money to splash, bigger branding, and better players.
This move could obviously help Bale's career, and staying near his home country is another plus. He'd be the same star in England that he has been. He'd still be the Welsh Wizard. But he'd be magnified.
But Tottenham can not sell Bale, no matter what. This summer, they still have a gaping gap in the winger position, and if Bale was dropped, it would be a tough gap to fill.
The truth is, Bale is a big attraction. It's second to playing in the Champions League. Paulihno was attracted by Bale as much as the prospect of playing in England.
To sell Bale, Tottenham would need to be totally prepared for the whiplash, by already acquiring a striker and having Bale's replacement in place.
A bid from Manchester United would not satisfy this. Real Madrid could offer more, and offer players as well, which should be a "must" for Tottenham.
Acquiring quality players is tough to do, and there are so many things that can go wrong. Acquiring players in the deal would be a guarantee of quality players, even if they couldn’t replace Bale.
Real Madrid’s bank account could stand a player plus cash deal, while United’s biggest acquisition ever was just over £30m for Dimitar Berbatov. Compare this to the Cristiano Ronaldo acquisition by Real Madrid (£80m).
Tottenham have made it clear that they do not want to sell Bale this summer. And they shouldn't. Even if he'd be happier elsewhere, he is content at White Hart Lane, and won't force a move out.
When that time does come though, Tottenham have to favour a Real Madrid move. Bale would not be in direct competition with them, they could acquire players in the deal who could somewhat fill the Bale gap, and they could still get make a lot of money from his transfer. Bale's opinion alone is not enough to decide where he plays.
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