Gareth Bale was involved in both Spurs goals as they beat Liverpool 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Rumours have been circulating for some time that Barcelona are among a pack of many clubs looking to sign Bale in the near future but the club mustn’t sell him, even if they are offered hundreds of millions of pounds.
The simple reason they can’t sell him is because he’s unique and he does things that Spurs would not be able to replace. His run for the first goal to setup Aaron Lennon saw Bale gliding past Liverpool players as if they weren’t there, he makes it look so easy and that’s the sort of natural talent people talk about when it comes to Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
If Spurs sold Bale for £100 million, they could bring in a variety of players to compensate. They would all be high quality players and top professionals but they would not be able to drop the shoulder and beat three or four defenders in a single run and they certainly wouldn’t be as quick as the wide man.
They also need to hang onto him for reasons off the field. Spurs are a business just like any other football club and if they lose one of their best assets then they will lose a chunk of their income which is vital in a world where clubs are going to be forced to break even in coming seasons.
It would also substantially annoy the supporters who put faith in their manager and the board to retain the services of key players. Many Tottenham fans were not at all happy when Luka Modric was allowed to leave the club for Real Madrid and Bale is arguably a much bigger impact player than the Croatian.
Spurs are going to be under a lot of pressure to resist because the formal bids are going to start coming in for Bale as soon as a club starts the process. They need to be very careful that they are not drawn in by the promise of a mega millions deal which is completed a decade later meaning a seemingly ridiculous deal to turn down actually turns out to be poor in the grander scheme of things.
Andre Villas-Boas is a very shrewd manager and he will see Bale as one of they key players in the Spurs team as they looking to push for Champions League football at the end of the season.
They also have a very good chairman in Daniel Levy who will try his best to make it as difficult as possible for any side to poach Bale away from White Hart Lane.
£100 million for Bale, would you take it? What about £50 million?
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