Real Madrid have finally made their first move for Tottenham’ Welsh wizard Gareth Bale and have been knocked back by the Londoners unsurprisingly as Spurs are holding out for a higher fee.
The Los Blancos have tabled a record bid of £86.3 million for the buccaneering darling of Premier League, but Spurs are determined to keep hold of the winger, even at the cost of leaving the player frustrated and distraught.
Quite understandably, Bale has not taken it easily. He should not of course. Unlike Luis Suarez of Liverpool, he has not gone public to express his desire to leave; neither has he wanted to join any rival Premier League club. It is Real Madrid after all – the dream destination for all top footballers on this planet.
It is remotely justifiable that Madrid are not paying any silly money for his services. He is one of the best players in the world right now and quite simply the best in England. Hence why Mr. Perez has put together a world-record bid for him.
It is understood that Bale is horrified with the stance of chairman Daniel Levy, who has made quite a reputation for being a shrewd businessman. The 24-year-old cannot believe that such a good offer has been rejected what could have been a once-in-a-life-time opportunity for him to be a Galactico.
Levy is undoubtedly a great businessman and is likely to try and squeeze out £3-4 million more from Madrid or might look for a player plus cash exchange offers. It is also highly likely that Real Madrid will go for him again this summer, but it might take longer time to conclude the deal. Simply coz, Spurs have not rejected just another mega bid, they have rejected a world-record offer for that player.
Spurs have done great business so far in the summer having bought two good players in the form of Nacer Chadli and Paulinho and if the reports are to be believed that Valencia striker Roberto Soldado is on the verge of joining them too.
But, a lot will still depend on the future of Gareth Bale. Spurs can build a fabulous team with £86 million plus money, capable of even challenging for title. What holds the key here is – timing of the transfer.
One of the major problems Spurs have faced in the last few years is – all their marquee transfers have taken place so late in the transfer window that it left hardly any time to re-invest properly within that window.
If a similar situation takes place ala Dimitar Berbatov – it will be considered as a huge set-back. In order to earn those extra bucks, Spurs will lose the precious time needed to do intensive scouting and bringing in the right sort of player at the right sort of price. It will be interesting to see their approach from now on.