Tottenham Hotspur starlet Gareth Bale is undeniably a prodigious talent. His lightning pace, impressive stamina and habit of producing truly spectacular strikes has propelled the Welshman from promising youngster into fully-fledged superstar.
Bale's considerable talent has seen him become the subject of sustained interest from Real Madrid, with Spurs' notoriously difficult chairman Daniel Levy being forced to entertain a series of enticing bids from the Spanish giants throughout this summer's transfer window.
The latest offer for the 24-year-old's services reportedly stands at an eye-watering £93 million, with highly-rated Portuguese left-back Fabio Coentrao tossed in as a considerable sweetener. If true, this world record bid represents an absolutely staggering and frankly ludicrous outlay from Real, even by their traditionally rather bonkers standards.
Surely Bale, in spite of his obvious talent, is not worth such an extravagant amount of money?
After all, it was only last season that he truly emerged as a Premier League star. Cristiano Ronaldo, who currently holds the title of the world's most-expensive footballer, had six hugely impressive years at Manchester United behind him before he was brought to the Bernabeu for £80 million in 2009.
Bale wowed spectators and pundits alike with a series of stunning, match-winning performances throughout the 2012/13 campaign, yet prior to that, while he had been increasingly growing in stature and influence, he did not hit the same consistent heights that one might expect of a player now being talked about in such financial terms.
Of course, as we have seen on countless occasions during the 'Galactico' era, money appears to be no object to Real. Marquee signings of this nature in the Spanish capital often appear to be statements of dominance and re-affirmations of power rather than carefully planned additions that fulfil a particular void in the squad.
I'm certainly not denying that Bale is a fantastic player whose explosive talent is certainly worthy of one of European football's most prestigious sides. But even in this modern age where money is now undoubtedly the driving force behind most sport, £93 million is a ridiculous and utterly abhorrent sum.
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