A report in Spain's El País newspaper this Monday has raised several questions about Real Madrid's summer-long pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale.
The article's headline translates as "A very risky signing" and states that many directors and technical staff at the Santiago Bernabeu have advised club president Florentino Pérez against paying any more than €80million for the Spurs star.
Those opposed to Real Madrid adding an extra €100million to their already substantial debt argue that the 24-year-old has an unproven CV and that there are many other parts to his overall game that would worry them.
The fact that Bale would have to play a deeper role than that given to him by Andre Villas-Boas has been mentioned to Pérez, with some directors suggesting that it may take Bale time to learn to think sideways instead of simply bombing forward.
That the Welshman has had lots of success in the counter attacking game is another reason why he might be technically unsuited to Real Madrid.
As one of the top two teams in the country, Los Blancos are rarely counter attacking and even when they do, Cristiano Ronaldo has already proven to be effective enough on his own in bursting forward on the counter.
The Spanish league also offers a lot less space than the Premier League - another reason why some Real Madrid directors fear he could struggle with the transition.
One other point given in the case against making Bale the world's most expensive player is that he hasn't proven himself as a team player, having been the main star of his side for the last couple of seasons, and that he might not adapt well when asked to become part of a team of many other stars.
They cite the fact that Bale would often be seen at Tottenham demanding that the ball be played to him, something which seems to worry Real Madrid's technical staff.
The failure of Kaka is mentioned as a cause for concern, given that Kaka came from running the show at AC Milan - where he even won the Ballon d'Or - to the Bernabéu where he struggled to adjust to the idea that he was just one other cog in the Real Madrid machine.
And that was with a supposedly proven player who had won a Ballon d'Or, Champions League and a World Cup!
Kaka's €65 million then world-record fee was a huge investment that Real Madrid have yet to see returned on the pitch, and that they certainly won't see returned by selling the Brazilian on to another club.
With Bale's price apparently almost double that, the failure could be twice as costly if things do go wrong.
Yet Pérez is determined to take that risk and he might have passed the point of no return. Madrid's passionate fans expect to see big signings and should Pérez fail to deliver now then he can expect intense criticism, having just been re-elected in June.
Bale may not be worth over €80million to Real Madrid. But it looks like Pérez is about to pay well over that in order to get his man.
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