30 July, 2013 - 15:17

Why would Real Madrid go in for Gareth Bale?

Why would Real Madrid go in for Gareth Bale?

The seemingly never-ending saga about the future of Gareth Bale has been here for the whole summer. Bale going to United. Bale staying. Bale going to Madrid. Bale staying. Bale going to Madrid for a record fee! Whatever the final cut will be, we are going to ponder on whether Carlo Ancelotti really needs the Welshman.

Pros

1. Bale is arguably one of the top attacking midfielders in the world at the moment. He scored 26 goals for the Spurs during last season and was the team’s absolute leader in the fight for a Champions League spot (which was lost to Arsenal, lest we not forget).
2. In many ways Bale is similar to Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, he is as fast, as athletic, as good a striker, as good in the air, but four years younger. I.e. if something of force majeure character happens to the Portuguese, like an injury, loss of form, some Manchester United saudade or a cosmic bid from Arabic or Russian tycoons, Bale would most likely be able to provide an equal cover-up.
3. Gareth perfectly fits the Perez’s policy formerly known as ‘Zidanes y Pavones’ and would be able to play alongside the Canteranos, such as Álvaro Morata, Jesé, Denis Cheryshev, Nacho etc.
4. The signing of Bale might boost Real aspiration for global commercial dominance, particularly in English speaking countries. The Welshman has already become a trademark and his ‘11 of hearts’ is a well-known logo.

Cons

1. Galácticos is Galácticos but, honestly, how on Earth is Ancelotti going to fit Ronaldo, Bale, Kaka, Ozil, Modric, Angel Di Maria, Isco, Illarramendi, Xabi Alonso, Khedira, let alone Casemiro, Cheryshev and Jese in the midfield? Unless a couple of them go back to Tottenham as part of the deal.
2. How many British players have been successfull abroad? Except Gary Lineker and David Beckham?
3. The last and the most important argument against buying Bale, the price tag. It’s in the region of £100m.. which stands for one hundred million pounds! That means Tottenham value their commodity better than Cristiano Ronaldo at the time of his record transfer from Manchester United to Madrid. For a player with tiny international experience and humble European experience and, sorry, Spurs fans, no experience in fighting for any significant titles. That price seems, err.., a little inflated.

Anyways, let’s hope the saga is over soon!

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Author: Leon Smolski

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30 July 2013, 15:24

If I were Tottenham owner, I would sell Bell for what it's worth ASAP whilst there is somebody as stupid as Real to cash 100 million pounds on maybe-superstar-from-Wales. Instead buy a bunch of really good players that would enable the team to fight for trophies, just like Napoli did this summer.

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11 August 2013, 09:42

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