What Gareth Bale could really cost Real Madrid

Gareth Bale’s agent says he thinks his player is worth more than Neymar who would have cost Real Madrid 150 million Euros.

A summer bid for Gareth Bale from Real Madrid seems almost inevitable but the amount of that bid is constantly changing with no clear and definitive price over what it would take for Bale to leave White Hart Lane for Spain.

Well his agent and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez have given a very good indication that it could take a world record deal of this transfer is ever going to happen.

Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has refused to confirm or deny the links of Bale’s future at Spurs but he has admitted that he thinks the player is more valuable than Neymar who has just moved to Barcelona.

“He is a much better player than Neymar, he has proven himself in one of the best leagues in the world, the Premier League - This is all crazy, but whatever Neymar cost - Gareth Bale is worth more,” Barnett told Sky Sports.

That’s very interesting because Florentino Perez has just admitted that Real Madrid would have had to pay in the region of 150 million Euros to land Neymar, which would have made that the new world record transfer deal.

“Neymar would have cost the club €150 million. We had the chance to sign him three years ago, but there were lots of conditions now,” Perez told Cadena Ser.

If Bale is worth more than Neymar then it could mean that Tottenham are on the end of an enormous offer if Real Madrid try to sign him.

Barnett doesn’t seem like a very naïve agent so he will take these valuations into account, as will Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

Tottenham were reported to value Bale at around the £100 million mark earlier in the season, which was laughed off as a ridiculous price by a lot of people viewing this potential move.

We’re now in a situation where Perez has effectively talked himself into having to pay well over the odds for Bale and we could easily be talking the other side of the £100 million mark.

If Barnett and Levy join forces, in the event that Bale makes it clear he wants to leave, then Spurs are well within their rights to hold out for what that pair see as the correct market value for a player of Bale’s quality.

We’ll know more when Bale returns from holiday but this could be a long and drawn out process filled with bid after bid, along the same lines as what happened before Luka Modric left White Hart Lane for the Spanish giants.

Some will say football has gone mad if Real Madrid pay over the £100 million mark to sign Bale but if Levy agrees with Barnett that the Welshman is worth more than Neymar, that’s what it’s going to take.

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