Real Madrid have a €100m mission – the transfer of Tottenham Hotspur goal machine Gareth Bale.
Real Madrid are ready to bid €100 million (approximately £86m) to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur, according to El Confidencial.
Director general Jose Angel Sanchez will be a key figure in negotiations, with Bale set to be offered the second highest wage at the club behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
El Confidencial are wary of Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s negotiation power, citing a three week period spent last summer haggling over one million pounds’ difference in Luka Modric’s transfer.
Bale however, could be worth the price – even at the world record fee of £86m quoted – with former AS Monaco sporting director and Guardian transfer market writer Tor-Kristian Karlsen indicating his appreciation of the Spurs talent (if a tad wary of Twitter trolls jumping on his back…).
In the current market Gareth Bale must be valued 80-100 million (not suggesting he should go anywhere)
— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) July 22, 2013
The Spurs star performed brilliantly for his north London side all season, scoring an impressive 21 goals and providing nine assists in 33 Premier League matches.
Bale has previously been labelled a one-footed player, but it is notable that whilst in the last campaign 13 of his top flight strikes were scored with his favoured left, he also managed four goals with his right foot, and a single header.
He has also evolved his game.
The Wales international has developed from a winger whose main attribute was his pace into an attacking midfielder capable of popping up anywhere behind – and indeed ahead of – a centre forward.
An increased goal tally is the clear result of being deployed in central areas, but the nine assists indicate a growing creative presence too.
Gareth Bale is truly a world class talent now.
Whether he showcases that talent at Tottenham Hotspur or Real Madrid in future likely depends on how