Gareth Bale’s time at Real Madrid, from an outsiders’ perspective, is tragic. We did a whole article on it HERE if you’re interested. It started off with so much hope and belief he could be the next great British star abroad. That run in the Copa del Ray final vs Barcelona in 2014. The goal that put them ahead against Atelti when they won ‘La Decima’. The brace vs Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final that made Madrid three-peat winners in UCL. But soon it turned sour and now the Madridistas within football Twitter are calling for his head.
The goal was incredible, I don’t think I have seen anything like itXabi Alonso describing Bale’s iconic goal vs Barcelona
Soon, Gareth may have a way out – a potential swap deal with Tottenham for Christian Eriksen + a lump fee of £25.7 million. This has reported by multiple outlets, including AS.
With Eriksen unsettled and running his contract down in North London, it seems like a deal that could appease both sides well. Both clubs offload unhappy players, who are causing rifts within the dressing room. Tottenham receive their prodigal son back and Madrid receive some value back on Bale, as no-one in Europe seems to be testing the waters in regards to a Bale transfer, at least at the moment.
Gareth Bale – Why It Makes Sense
Having [Jose] Mourinho there is an amazing statement from the club, I think he’s a serial winner… Tottenham want to win trophies and I don’t think there’s a better partnership than Mourinho and Tottenham together to try and win some trophies.”Bale on the topic of Mourinho and Spurs in the interview above
Bale needs an escape, but it needs to be somewhere that suits him. United seems like the perfect commercial opportunity, but a chance to return to the club that helped catapult him to stardom should not be turned down. A natural affinity with the fans would make it easy to settle back into life in London, and playing under a resurgent Tottenham with Mourinho at the helm, surely the former left back must be tempted?
It would provide Tottenham with the certified right-hand man to Harry Kane. We football heads understand the importance and quality of the likes of Alli, Son and Lucas Moura, but it has always seemed like Tottenham have lacked that second star, even back to the days of Luka Modrić. Going into next season, it could allow the Special One to make a fully-fledged assault on the Premier League, which seems to be heading to Liverpool. By having a man of Bale’s quality, it could provide Spurs with that final piece of that puzzle that eluded them when they chased Conte’s Chelsea and Ranieri’s Leicester.
Eriksen finally gets his move away from North London, seemingly believing he cannot progress his career any more whilst at Spurs. It is highly likely the Dane will win trophies if he goes to Spain. When it is all said and done at the end of his career, Eriksen will want something tangible to look back on for all the hard years of his graft.
Why it doesn’t make sense
On Madrid’s end, they could wait out until the summer, and get the Dane for free. Letting go of an asset like Bale, in a deal like this, who can generate significant value for Los Blancos might be a decision they come to regret into years to come – seeing as they will be after Kylian Mbappe in the coming summers.
Bale has proven to be useful when called upon. As mentioned previously, Bale has scored some of the most important goals for Real Madrid, establishing himself as a big-game player. Picture the scenario: Champions League semi-final vs Liverpool – 75th minute and Zizou is needing a spark off the bench. Any club in the world would bite your hand off to have an option like Gareth Bale coming off the bench.
Despite the fact that Madrid are looking to offload Bale, they have the upper hand in the negotiations. They know Bale is fine holding out until the summer for his move, piling up the cash. He provides them with a killer option in rotation, and inevitably when the squad gets stretched through injuries.
They can also persuade Eriksen to hold out, and allow Madrid more financial manoeuvrability. As much as I would want to see Gareth Bale torment PL full-backs again, I feel we will have to play the waiting game. Perhaps he will make the move back to Tottenham. Or even join the Ole revolution at United. But do not expect to see anything this window.
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