Why Europe’s managerial merry-go-round might be bad news for Tottenham Hotspur

Bale Battles V Madrid

Some of the biggest teams across the continent will be appointing new managers this summers, and those new bosses might view Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale as the perfect marquee signing to announce their arrival.

Both Tottenham Hotspur and Gareth Bale have, so far, made all the right noises about extending their relationship beyond this summer. Spurs are clearly desperate to keep hold of their star man, who perhaps has recognised that at least one more season at White Hart Lane is the best option for his development.

However this will not stop other clubs from attempting to prise Bale away from North London this summer, and with so many of Europe’s powerhouses set to appoint new managers at the end of the season, they might be even more determined in their pursuit of the Premier League Player of the Year.

In England, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea will all have new coaches next season, whilst Real Madrid will be replacing Jose Mourinho if he makes his expected move back to Stamford Bridge. There is also Pep Guardiola taking charge at Bayern Munich, and PSG might need to find a replacement if Carlo Ancelotti is tempted away by Real Madrid.

All of the new managers will be keen to make an impression, and for the richest clubs, the best way to do this is by making a high profile signing, and Gareth Bale fits the bill perfectly.

As demonstrated by the recent poll in which 93% of Real Madrid fans said they would rather sign Bale than Neymar, his reputation around Europe is the highest it has ever been. With Spurs still likely to miss out on a Champions League place to Arsenal, teams like Madrid and Bayern might feel that they have a good chance of convincing Bale to leave Spurs, and with new managers on board, they might be prepared to pay the £50+million fee it would likely take to make Spurs consider selling.

Tottenham Hotspur still might be able to rebuff any approaches, but with a summer of upheaval in prospect, in might be harder than they hope to keep Bale at White Hart Lane.

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