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Monday, 03 June 2013

Tottenham Hotspur: How much would you sell Gareth Bale for?

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Tottenham Hotspur have lived in the shadows of their north London rivals Arsenal for many a year, but with Real Madrid's relentless pursuit of Gareth Bale showing no sign of ending Spurs fans are now experiencing what it has been like for the Gooners almost every summer over the past eight years.

The Spanish giants of Barcelona and Real Madrid don't go about their business like most clubs. They openly talk about their transfer targets and unsettle their chosen target until the player has his head turned and decides to leave. 

Barca have done it to Arsenal continuously over the past few years with Thierry Henry, Alex Hleb, Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song all swapping the Emirates for the Camp Nou. Now Real Madrid are in the process of unsettling Tottenham's most prized possession, Gareth Bale.

The boys from the Bernabeu lost their grip of La Liga this season and are desperate to make a statement of intent come August. With Jose Mourinho leaving, Madrid will be expecting a new beginning and signing the Premier League's best player and pairing him with the phenomenal Cristiano Ronaldo would give everyone connected with the club a massive lift.

Reports over the weekend suggest that Madrid may be willing to pay anything between £85m and £100m  to secure the silky skills of Tottenham's Gareth Bale. That kind of money could be put to great use by the chairman Daniel Levy. That could be used to help finance part of their new £250m stadium or he could give most of it to AVB in order to bring in two or three top class players and get Spurs back in the Champions League fold.

One thing is for sure, Daniel Levy will not let Gareth Bale leave on the cheap. Levy knows how vital Bale is on the pitch for Spurs. God knows where Spurs would have finished had it not been for his 21 goals last season. The Welshman is a game changer and that type of player does not come cheaply. 

Understandably, Premier League giants Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City and all monitoring the situation closely and are thought to be preparing bids to match Madrid's. A bidding war for Bale would only benefit Tottenham's bank account, but it would almost certainly have a detriment al affect on the team.

Mr Levy has said that Bale is not for sale at any price, but everyone has their price. If you were in the chairman's position, how much would you let Bale leave for?

Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.

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