According to Diario Gol, Real Madrid will offer Spurs the chance to sign Gareth Bale this summer for €120million.
There are a lot of ridiculous transfer rumours floating about at this time of year, and the thought of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy paying £104million for a player feels quite difficult to believe.
However, reports in Spain claim Spurs could look to bring Bale back to North London as Real Madrid look to freshen up their squad with interest in the likes of Eden Hazard and Harry Kane.
The report claims Bale met with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez last week, and agreed on a move to the Premier League. Manchester United and Chelsea are also targeting the Welshman.
Valued at £63million by Transfermarkt, Bale reminded everyone just how good he can be on Thursday, moving ahead of Ian Rush as Wales’ all time leading goalscorer with a hat trick in a 6-0 win over China. However, Spurs should not move for the 28 year-old.
A football squad is a delicate ecosystem. Bale would be a great acquisition in FIFA Career Mode, but in reality he would be an unnecessary and potentially damaging addition in North London.
This is not a question of Bale’s ability, something which he showcased during his six years at White Hart Lane, but of the effect his arrival would have on the balance of the squad.
When Bale was wowing the world at Spurs, he was playing in a much weaker team than they have now. When Bale plays for Madrid or Wales, he is most effective when he gets the ball as much as possible. This is just not how Pochettino’s Spurs function. The current squad has a wonderful balance of pace, flair, creativity and goals.
Of course, there is the argument that any chance to add a world class player is worth it, but given the price and Bale’s injury record, Spurs would be much better off investing their transfer funds elsewhere.
Spurs fans, would you back a big money move for Bale? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…