What Price Bale?
As Gareth Bale continues to be Britain's Most Wanted, I wondered what price Spurs fans would put on his head?
Firstly, I thought I would have a pop at the media, who seem to actually want Bale to leave Spurs and potentially head to Spain or wherever. I don't think many of us would disagree that he is a player that is good enough to be playing with and against the very best, but am I alone in feeling that they are actually talking up this deal, even at the cost of losing one of the countries best players to another league and country? Perhaps it is a continued attack on Spurs or maybe we are not considered worthy to have one of the best players at our club? I have always felt that having more competitive teams makes for a better and more competitive league, which in turn surely increases interest, which sells papers etc, but it seems I am wrong or the press are just short sighted as usual..
So lets assume for the sake of argument that Spurs decide that they wil consider offers for Bale, whether we make the CL or not. Talk of a gentleman's agreement, probably means nothing unless it is in writing, Just ask Luke Modric. so if Madrid have secured some form of deal, I am guessing it is written in blood, but for how much id Bale worth and how much would it take for us to consider selling? Perhaps we can start the bidding at £45m, based on other deals that have recently been made. If we consider that PSG paid close to that figure for Lucas Moura, a player of outstanding quality, but with no European experience, maybe that figure is a good place to start.
It is always very difficult to estimate a true value for any player and is all too often depends on the length of a players remaining contract, financial strength of the seller, interest from clubs with big pockets and of course whether the player himself will look to cause problems to make his 'dream' move.
The fact that Spurs tied Bale to a new contract at the end of last season and the player might not be desperate to leave, should Spurs make the CL next season, makes it seem quite possible that Daniel Levy will hold the majority of good cards. However you also feel that there would be more than just Madrid willing to pay big money for Bale, but I suppose the question is, how much?
We can debate for hours the fact that Tottenham shouldn't sell Bale at any price, but we know the player is ambitious to play at the highest level and it will be nearly impossible as things stand for us to give him the chance of major trophies season upon season in the short to medium term, so lets not even get onto arguing that we much make him stay or spend the money on players to make him feel we are able to match his ambitions, that wont be happening...