Arsenal purchase and Tottenham sale would mean kissing goodbye to Champions League

If Arsenal sign Luis Suarez and Spurs sell Gareth Bale, the latter have no chance of playing alongside Europe's elite.

Not everything is eventual, regardless of what they say. At least in the real world, some things are downright impossible.

But football doesn’t operate by real world rules. And it is for that reason that a player Liverpool would surely never sell to a domestic rival is now set for talks with Arsenal; talks that apparently won’t lead to anything, but talks regardless.

That £40million-and-loose-change offer for the Uruguayan means the Gunners can have a sit-down with him. But if they want him for longer than it takes to have that chin-wag, they will have to pull another £10million from their suddenly over-flowing coffers.

While Arsene Wenger considers the next move in his pursuit for that elusive new striker, down the road at White Hart Lane reports continue about the future of Gareth Bale.

Days after Marca decided a little bit of fantasy never hurt anyone, claiming the Welsh international had agreed a six-year deal with Real Madrid, reports now say Manchester United are in the box-seat for a player with no intention of straying far from home.

For all the excitement the transfer window brings, it also brings a lot of hot air. But for all Spurs’ claims they have no intention of selling Bale, there is little doubt he is one of the most wanted men in world football. Perhaps – due to his age – the most wanted.

But here is the simple fact: if Tottenham sell Bale and Arsenal sign Suarez, Andre Villas-Boas can kiss goodbye to any dreams he had of the Champions League.

Selling Bale will, as Spurs fans are acutely aware, leave them stumbling in the slip-stream of their rivals. No amount of money will compensate for that.

There may come a time when Bale will ask to leave. And yet you sense if it was this summer, he would have done so by now, giving his current club time to fill the substantial hole he would leave behind.

Any last-minute departure will surely be the decision of Daniel Levy, and he wouldn’t be that foolish…would he?

Talk is of reluctance on United’s part to deal with Levy following difficult negotiations during the transfers of Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov. And yet in both cases Sir Alex Ferguson ultimately got his man – if for more than he had initially budgeted.

But Tottenham must reject any and all offers for Bale.

When Villas-Boas says he is “counting on him for the future” the statement is as much one of hope as of fact.

You sense that as far as they have already gone down that road, Arsenal will eventually secure Suarez; a signing that will make them a very different prospect for the coming campaign, making for Spurs holding onto their star man is essential.

Tottenham have been one of the most impressive movers so far this summer, bringing in Paulinho and Nacer Chadli and progressing with a deal for Roberto Soldado.

In light of such things – the numerous headlines about Bale can surely be ignored for now and laughed at in the months to come.

In the real world, some things are impossible. And Bale leaving this summer would be one of those things. Fortunately for the regulars at White Hart Lane.

But this is football, and the temptation to cash in will prompt a very different future to the one Tottenham can look forward to if they hold on to their crown jewel.

Can you see Arsenal moving further away from Tottenham next season?  And how long will Bale remain a Spurs player?

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