Real Madrid fans have spoken over Gareth Bale and they don’t think the Welshman is worth the cash the Spanish club will have to spend to get him.
Negotiations are on-going over a world record deal, which would see Gareth Bale move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid, ending a summer of speculation which has caused headaches all over North London.
The magnitude of the deal is immense because of the sort of fees which have been talked about.
Real Madrid have tabled an offer of £85 million while Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is reportedly holding out for anything within the region of £100-125 million before he will contemplate letting the deal go through.
That creates the big debate over whether Bale justifies that sort of money and whether anyone in football is realistically worth a nine figure sum when it comes to transfer.
Pro-Real Madrid news source AS asked 145,000 Real Madrid supporters whether they believed Bale was worth the cash the club will have to pay to get him and the results produced a unanimous no; only 7.1% of the fans asked thought Bale was worth the figures being talked about.
Real Madrid fans voted that Bale’s realistic price is around the £60 million mark, suggesting he’s definitely not worth more than Cristiano Ronaldo, who the club paid £80 million for to get him from Manchester United four years ago.
There’s no doubt that Spurs hold all of the aces in this situation because they have a player who Real Madrid have publicly said they are happy to pay big to sign.
It’s therefore in Tottenham’s interests to demand any sort of fee they want for him and whether that reflects good value is irrelevant because of the potential Bale has to become a prolific attacking player for the rest of his career.
There is only so far the estimate on Bale’s commercial value will stretch because it’s impossible to predict how many shirts he will sell and the sponsorship and advertising opportunities he would create for a club like Real Madrid, already connected superbly around the world in a commercial sense.
The same poll results from AS also suggest that Real Madrid supporters are worried about where the cash will come from, which is a very realistic and legitimate worry because to be honest, I have no idea.
Real Madrid are very lucky in the respect that they enjoy lopsided television deals in Spain, which sees them and Barcelona receive higher percentages of broadcasting revenue.
They are also lucky that they have political roots to fall back on, which has the ability to see them out of any times of financial hardship, but those roots certainly can’t be sought out to pay for the transfer of a single player.
It’s all down to Spurs, if they want £100 million plus for Bale and they get it, then fair play to the club.
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