The Telegraph are stating that Carlo Ancelotti has told the powers that be at the Santiago Bernabeu that the winger is not essential to his plans.
The latest development in the Gareth Bale transfer saga may well be music to the ears of Tottenham fans. The Telegraph are reporting that Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has told president Florentino Perez that the Wales international is not essential to his plans for the upcoming season, amid speculation that Tottenham’s reported price tag of £105million has scared the Spaniards away.
The report also indicates that there has been a change in opinion over signing Bale in Madrid. Supporters of Los Blancos were recently asked whether they felt that Bale was worth a new record transfer fee, with the mass majority stating that the Spurs man was not worth the money.
If Daniel Levy was willing to accept an offer of around £60 million, Madrid may well be more keen to pursue a deal for Bale. But the financial repercussions of splurging £100 million on a player must be taken into consideration, what with Financial Fair Play rulings in place.
Madrid have already spent well over £50 million on Spanish duo Isco and Asier Illarramendi, and Tottenham’s price tag and reluctance to negotiate may mean that Bale is out of the Spaniards’ reach.
When quizzed about Bale after Madrid’s most recent friendly against Inter Milan, Ancelotti’s approach seems to have softened considerably.
“Why talk about Bale when Jese [Rodriguez] and [Alvaro] Morata have both played so well. They are young but incredibly talented,” the Italian coach said.
This is in stark contrast to his comments in the press a couple of weeks ago that ruffled Andre Villas-Boas’ feathers and bordered on tapping the Wales international up.
If Madrid were to take a backward step in the pursuit of Bale, the number of other potential suitors able to come up with the fee to prize him away from Tottenham are few and far between.
The Telegraph indicate that Manchester United may make a move for Bale, but realistically it seems very unlikely that the prudent David Moyes would be given the consent to spend such a large sum of money.
With the Premier League season starting this weekend, Tottenham fans can start to dream of a situation where Bale stays. Imagine once the transfer window closes a situation where Villas-Boas is able to field the same team as last season with the added bonuses of Paulinho and Roberto Soldado in the mix.
It feels like there will still be a number of twists in the tail of Bale’s potential switch to Madrid, but after a summer of speculation, the fact that a move has not yet been sealed suggests that a Tottenham exit may not be as clean cut as some of the mainstream media outlets make out.
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