Gareth Bale’s potential transfer from Tottenham to Real Madrid has no doubt been the lead headline during a summer full of surprises and speculation in the world of football.
After winning both the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year for his phenomenal performances last season, Bale’s name has been mentioned alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as one of the best players on the planet.
It’s no surprise then that the man who carried Spurs for a majority of last season has attracted interest from the biggest clubs in the world.
Just four years after smashing the world transfer record to sign Cristiano Ronaldo for £80million, Real Madrid are now rumoured to be plotting a £100million bid to lure Bale away from White Hart Lane and develop his career at the Bernabeu.
Bale himself has remained very quiet on the matter, making no official comments either way.
As his former manager Harry Redknapp once said: “[Bale] has the full lot, he can run, shoot, dribble, head it, score goals, make goals and he’s a fantastic player”.
The question is; would the Welshman be able to adapt his game in La Liga? For a proposed £100million price tag, Madrid will certainly hope so.
The fact remains that if Bale wants to be remembered as one of the all time greats, he needs to prove himself on the world stage, and the chances of that happening on the international scene with Wales are highly unlikely.
Joining Madrid would give the Cardiff born winger the chance to play in a side more than capable of lifting the Champions League alongside the very best in the sport.
However if the move were to take place Bale would no longer be the key player, a role he evidently thrives on at Spurs. The likes of Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema could take the huge burden off the Welshman’s shoulders, but on the other hand it could hinder him that he is no longer the main man.
There is also the matter of his family. Already a father at the age of 24, Bale’s decision could centre around more than his personal preference.
But one thing history has told us is that Madrid usually get their man, whatever the price. If it takes £100million or even more to tempt Tottenham’s hand, they may just do it and seal football’s biggest deal yet.
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