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Monday, 14 November 2011

Spurs: How much is Gareth Bale worth?


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It’s been reported that Spanish giants Barcelona are keeping a close eye on the mercurial talent of Tottenham and Wales winger Gareth Bale. Pep Guardiola’s men are said to be ready to test Daniel Levy’s nerve with a bid of £35 million. That’s the same amount Barca paid for former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas and £5 million less than Chelsea were prepared to pay for Luka Modric in the summer. So the question is; just how much is Gareth Bale worth?

With electrifying pace, quick feet and bags of confidence to take defenders on, Bale is quite simply a match winner. He can turn games in an instant and that makes him a very valuable player to have in your team. You only have to look back at what he did to Inter Milan in the San Siro last season. Although Spurs lost 4-3 all anyone remembers about that game is Bale’s glorious hat-trick as he tore Maicon apart.

The Welshman is also deadly at free-kicks and has an excellent final ball, but more importantly he is still only 22. Bale is still learning and has the potential to be one of the world’s greats. But he has experienced life in the Champions League, is a regular for his country and is one of the first names on the team sheet at White Hart Lane.

At the moment Spurs are playing some fantastic football. With Bale, Parker, Lennon and Modric across the middle, Harry Redknapp has assembled one of the best midfields in the country. However, Barcelona are undoubtedly the greatest team in club football right now. With Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Fabregas to name but a few at the Nou Camp, you’d have to be out of your mind to turn down the chance to play for Guardiola’s men. To be in and around that squad of players and to play their sublime system would not only improve your game as a player, it would also increase the need to buy a bigger trophy cabinet.

There’s no indication that Bale will leave White Hart Lane any time soon. He’s playing some of the best football of his career in a team that looks like it is going places and personally he looks happy. But I’m pretty sure that the day will come when the former Southampton ace wants to test himself in another environment. It will be a sad day for everyone associated with Spurs and the Premier League when that time eventually comes, but nobody would deprive Bale the opportunity to play at the highest level . . . as long as they received the right amount of money for him.

In 2009 Real Madrid smashed the world transfer record to take Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United to the Bernabeu. They paid £80 million for the Portuguese ace when he was just 24. Bale is just as exciting as the former Old Trafford idol but he’s not worth the same as Ronaldo for a few reasons. He hasn’t won the Champions League. He hasn’t won the Premier League. He hasn’t won the FA Cup and he hasn’t hit the back of the net at the same remarkable ratio as Ronaldo. In fact, Bale is still waiting to win his first piece of silverware with Tottenham. He has won lots of personal accolades for his pulsating displays, but surely he wants to see some medals in his trophy cabinet? He could still realise his goals at White Hart Lane, but Barcelona are simply a team you don’t say no to.

Personally I think Barcelona are taking the Michael if they think Spurs would let Bale leave for £35 million. I’m starting to think that Barcelona believe that north London is like some sort of bargain basement where they can pick up top quality players for a fraction of their actual worth. You could argue for example that Cesc Fabregas is worth double what Barca paid for him in the summer. Fabregas can do it all and has a World Cup winner’s medal in his collection. If it wasn’t for the fact that he was a boyhood Barcelona fan and made no attempt to hide his love for the club, Arsenal could have demanded a much higher fee for their former captain. However, Spurs are in a different position. They don’t have to sell. If Barca really want Bale to join them they will have to lay down some serious money for him.

Daniel Levy was true to his word in the summer when he said Luka Modric would not leave north London at any price and I can’t see him buckling under the pressure from Barcelona to sell one of his star players at a reduced fee.

The only fear for Spurs fans is that Bale could have his head turned by the bright lights of the Nou Camp. It would be hard to block out all of the rumours when you are being linked to the world’s greatest side. However, Bale seems like a down to earth sort of guy. He isn’t a flash Harry. He doesn’t drink and is not interested in being a celebrity off the pitch. All he wants to do is play football and it’s that attitude which has made him such a lovable figure in the game.

Personally, if I was Daniel Levy, I wouldn’t let Bale leave for anything less than £60 million. He is so crucial to Tottenham and has the potential to be one of the game’s greatest players that to let him leave for anything less would be criminal.

But do you agree with my valuation? Have I over egged the pudding or do you think Bale is worth even more? Do you think Spurs can keep him for life or do you think he will want to test himself at another club in the future? Whatever your view on the Welshman I’d love to hear from you.

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