£160 million Bale and Suarez at Tottenham Hotspur - Three outcomes including Wenger sacked

Luis Suarez scores against England

Harry Redknapp has revealed how he almost signed Luis Suarez for Tottenham Hotspur, how would he have paired alongside Gareth Bale?

Harry Redknapp revealed earlier this week in his autobiography that he almost signed Luis Suarez for Tottenham.

A combination of being unsure over his suitability for the side, and his price being hiked up, put an end to their interest as he signed for Liverpool instead.

This summer he left for Barcelona for £75 million, a missed profit opportunity which would surely make Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy angry just thinking about it.

But how would he have got on at Tottenham alongside his soon-to-be La Liga rival, Gareth Bale?

We take a mystical step back in time to look at what could have been, with three potential outcomes of the pair playing together.

Arsenal knocked off their perch, and Arsene Wenger gone, and no Ozil?

Remember the way Arsenal celebrated a 1-0 win at Newcastle like they had won the Premier League? That victory took them ahead of Tottenham by one point, and secured a fourth place finish in 2012/13 and Champions League football. 

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Luis Suarez scored an impressive 23 goals that same season, while the most any Tottenham striker bagged was 11, through Jermain Defoe. Gareth Bale scored 21 league goals that campaign, and it's fair to suggest Suarez would have ensured Tottenham would have overcome the one point deficit to Arsenal and finished above them.

This would have condemned them to the Europa League - a potentially fatal blow for Arsene Wenger's reign at The Emirates. A lack of Champions League football would have prevented the Gunners from signing Mesut Ozil the following summer.

Tottenham league champions

So Tottenham may have overcome Arsenal to finish in fourth, but what would have been the ceiling of their achievement? Having the past two PFA Footballers of the Year in the same side would have made for a near unstoppable attacking force, and catapulted them into the mix for the title. 

We saw last season how Suarez propelled a Liverpool side with plenty of average talents in it, to the cusp of the trophy, with the league there for the taking in 2013/14, it could instead have been Tottenham battling for the trophy. With a sustained effort and Champions League football, further exciting signings could have followed, strengthening a potential title push and the club's long-term future.

Bans, Suarez sold, but Bale stays

What if it all went wrong? What if Luis Suarez landed two huge bans as he did with Liverpool?

Spurs would have felt complied to cash in, like the Reds, while they could. The key element here, is surely Spurs would not allow two 'mega-sales' of their top stars in consecutive years, as the Premier League saw with Bale and Suarez's departures for La Liga.

Had Tottenham sold Suarez, it would have given the club the financial gain they got from selling Gareth Bale, creating an opportunity for the club to keep hold of the Welshman. With Champions League likely secured from Suarez's on-pitch talent, the argument for Bale to leave would have been greatly diminished.

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