20th October 2010 – Gareth Bale has just rounded off a hat-trick that salvages any attempts the North London club have of staying in this year’s Champion’s League. As a result, his price-tag skyrockets by around £20m. The potential to score three goals against Internazionale is footballing gold, and in today’s economy, this commodity is in short supply unless your pockets are deep enough.
Listing all the teams looking to acquire the Welshman’s services would take quite a long time and I’m trying to keep this article under 5000 words. Some of the higher-profile teams associated with the winger include Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, with Manchester City expectedly throwing their name into the hat. Sir Alex Ferguson is also said to be tabling bids for the starlet in the summer, and Internazionale are looking to prevent further damage by bringing Bale to the San Siro.
The ex-Southampton youth product has made 31 appearances for Spurs this season, netting 11 times in the process. Needless to say, this is a superb scoring record for a winger. As soon as Bale started to unleash his true potential, it was inevitable clubs were going to be making bids in the near future. His pace down the left flank is just about unmatched by any defender, and his eye for a goal just ups his asking price again.
First coming on to the scene when Harry Redknapp began to push him up from the full back position last season, the Cardiff-born wonder is displaying his best football to date. Originally a defender, a string of injuries at White Hart Lane caused the defender to turn midfielder, and before long became the first choice in his new role.
Two months ago, Harry Redknapp stamped a clear ‘not for sale’ status on the star, however the manager is now looking to show a change of heart. £30m is the sum being thrown around, and it seems as if the Welshman might be inclined to accept a move away. The only sure thing is that the player and manager alike will have a mountain of negotiations to embark on this summer. Whether it results in Gareth Bale plying his trade at White Hart Lane or not next season, we’ll have to wait and see.