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How much is Gareth Bale actually worth?

Prior to Tottenham’s sensational 3-2 victory over West Ham at Upton Park last night, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce stated his belief that Gareth Bale is worth £50 million.

However, after last night’s result in which Bale scored Spurs’ winner in the 90th minute, I wonder whether ‘Big Sam’ would revise his calculations?

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas recently said he believed Bale was in the same class as Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo who was bought by Los Blancos from Manchester United for £80 million in 2009.

Bale, at just 23 years of age, is only going to get better – like a fine wine – he will mature. The Welshman will certainly become every bit the world class superstar he is shaping up to be.

Offers will likely poor in for him from across the continents elite – Real Madrid have been courting him publicly for several transfer windows now but I wonder how much Spurs would let him go for?

Daniel Levy and Villas-Boas likely know that if a big offer from a big club comes in, the player’s head will be turned and they’d be better off striking while the iron’s hot, as it were.

But would £50 million, as Allardyce reckons, be enough? With Bale’s age and potential taken into account you’d have to say that would be the minimum. Cesc Fabregas went to Barcelona for £40 million and Luka Modric went to Madrid for £33 million. Chelsea spent £50 million on Fernando Torres alone.

Bale could fetch in excess of £60 million if a bidding war ensued which, given his current form – he’s now scored a goal in his last 5 Premier League games this season, taking his tally to 19 for the season in all competitions – is a highly likely possibility.

Real Madrid, along with Manchester City, Chelsea, and Paris Saint-Germain (not to mention several super-rich Russian outfits) have the cash to splash an, for a player like Gareth Bale, why wouldn’t they?

What is he actually worth? Well, to Tottenham he’s priceless but, as the saying goes…everyone has their price.

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