According to the latest reports, Real Madrid and Tottenham have agreed “in principle” to a record transfer fee for Gareth Bale. Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United for a record-setting $124m (80m pounds) back in 2009. Real Madrid look to top their own transfer record by submitting a $134m (86m pounds) bid for Tottenham’s Bale. Granted, the transfer market nowadays compared to 2009 is much more inflated, but on the overall record books, Bale would be the most expensive player ever. This could explain Tottenham’s seemingly over ambitious spending spree this summer bringing in quality players Paulinho, Chadli, Soldado, and Capoue. Can any or a combination of them replace Bale’s undeniable impact? That is yet to be seen, but I do know there are a lot of Premier League defenders breathing a sigh of relief to see the talented winger head off to La Liga.
Bale’s transfer has the ability to cause a ripple effect at Madrid. With Ronaldo and Bale on the wing, players like Angel Di Maria, Mesut Ozil and Luka Modric will be forced to take a seat on the bench. The latest rumors are heating up with reports of both Ozil and Di Maria being linked to Arsenal as well as Ozil being linked to a move to United, which would be a great replacement should Rooney move on to another club. As of now, Madrid are about breaking even this summer as they bought some decent players and sold Higuain. A Bale transfer would tip the scale to a huge summer deficit at Madrid so it is only right that speculation seems to be mounting regarding newly expendable players.
All it takes is one huge transfer and the dominoes will start to fall. I think we’re in for an eventful week and deadline day is sure to cause a stir across Europe and Bale may just be the beginning.