A world record bid from Real Madrid has been submitted for Welsh winger Gareth Bale, but is he the signing they need to bring the glory days back to the Bernabeu?
Four years ago Real Madrid broke the world transfer record twice in as many months by signing Brazilian star Kaka from A.C. Milan before once again shattering the record with the acquisition of Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo for a fee of £80 million.
By spending well over £130 million on two of the biggest names in the game, many experts and fans predicted that Real Madrid would dominate Europe for the foreseeable future.
Unfortunately for those who made such suggestions, it hasn't quite gone to plan. Kaka's time at the club has been topsy turvy to say the least and although Ronaldo has averaged more than a goal a game for the club, even his scoring prowess hasn't been enough to bring the Champions League trophy back to the Bernabeu- a title that has eluded the nine time winners for more than ten years.
Now Madrid are looking to break the world transfer record yet again, this time the money is to be placed on Wales and Tottenham winger Gareth Bale.
The current valuation of the player is estimated to be in the region of £85 million with the player grabbing headlines left, right and centre due to his performances for the north London club.
He scored 23 Premier League goals last season, which culminated in the winger receiving both the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards in May 2013 and for more than two years now, he has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane.
It is under a month now that the summer transfer window closes and Spurs will be hoping that their mercurial winger will still be wearing the number eleven shirt come the beginning of September.
Bale remains one of Europe's most sought after talents as he has been linked to other major clubs in the world, Barcelona and Manchester United in particular. However, it is Real Madrid who look the most likely to sign the Premier League's best player last season.
Should the Spanish side be successful in capturing his signature, he will certainly improve the team greatly and the club's millions of fans will hope that the Welshman will be the catalyst in aiding Real to La Decima.
The club's new manager, Carlo Ancelotti is adamant to keep a hold of his star player, Cristiano Ronaldo but is also keen on signing Bale to bulk up the Los Blancos attack.
Should the Welshman move to the Bernabeu he will be playing alongside the likes of Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Isco, Mesut Ozil and Xabi Alonso.
A formidable attacking line up to say the very least. Bale has just turned 24 meaning he is still just coming into his prime, if he is a Madrid Galactico in the season ahead he could very well progress into the world's best player and almost every fan of the game believe the Welshman has the potential to grow into the greatest player in the world.
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