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FEATURE: Bale not worth £93-million

Tottenham Hotspur the big winner in Gareth Bale transfer

Posted: 24 August 2013 Time: 8:36 am

UK-based Chris Linnell analyses the imminent transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid – and insists he is not worth anywhere near that amount.

Gareth Bale is on the verge of becoming the most expensive player in football history with a £93-million move to Real Madrid expected to be completed this weekend.

Finally the summer transfer saga is coming to an end following two long months on negotiations –a deal which is be a straight cash agreement with no other players involved.

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Bale joined Spurs from Southampton in 2007 and has scored 42 goals in 146 Premier League appearances for the White Hart Lane side. His impressive displays last season led to him being named Player of the Year by both the Professional Footballers' Association and Football Writers.

Of course £93-million is preposterous amount of money and, in my personal opinion, Bale is worth nowhere near this value. Although he is a fabulous player, Real president Florentino Perez is willing to pay way over the odds to bring the Welshman to the Spanish capital.

It’s fair to say Tottenham and their owner, Daniel Levy, are on course to secure a huge triumph in terms of the transfer fee that has finally been agreed. The English club have successfully backed Madrid further and further into a corner over the course of the transfer window.

Now Los Blancos are prepared to smash the current world record of £80 million, set by Cristiano Ronaldo, who moved from Manchester United in 2009.

Interestingly, Real coach Carlo Ancelotti has informed Perez that Bale is an unnecessary acquisition and does not fit into his plans. After all, it will be a tough task factoring both the Welshman and star man Ronaldo into his team.

Although there is a way to fit both the Portuguese sensation and Bale into the same side, this set-up will not come without casualties. This is the problem currently facing Madrid’s manager.

But if the ex-Chelsea boss can discover a winning formation that can include his two big-money players alongside Isco, Mezut Ozil, Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric, Madrid will have an unreal attacking potential and arguably the best frontline in Europe.

Keeping a squad bursting full of world-class players seems to be Ancelotti’s biggest challenge this season. But, if he can find a winning formula early on, the rest of the campaign should be a breeze.

Meanwhile, in London, Spurs have already spent a small fortune in the Premier League this summer, with further signings anticipated, and while replacing Bale will be a tough task, maybe Andre Villas-Boas’s dreams of dominating English football and championing Europe are not so audacious.

To help compensate for Bale’s potential departure, AVB has twice broken the club’s previous transfer record this summer, recruiting Paulinho (£17-million) from Corinthians and Roberto Soldado (£26-million) from Valencia.

What’s more, the arrival of Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue have taken their total outlay to approximately £60-million, while Anzhi Makhachkala attacker Willian is in talks over a £30-million move and Roma playmaker Erik Lamela is also rumoured to be part of club's plans.

It looks increasingly likely that Bale will become Real's fifth summer signing, and Spurs fans will be glued to their TV sets to see how their former darling gets on on his debut for Los Meringues, which could be as early as the La Liga clash against Athletic Bilbao a week from Sunday.

Previous comments on this story...

Kharo3
posted: 08:45 am
I fully agree, Bale is a good player, at most £65m, the proposed £93m is too much, rather let spurs keep their overpriced asset, Hala Madrid¡
Nare @ NUZ
posted: 09:01 am
The 2 most expensive players b4 him (Zidane and Ronaldo) were top bidders material..they had already won "world player of the year awards"..

Bale isn't worth that much..
msenti15
posted: 09:41 am
I also agree this is too much I believe Falcoa is worth more than Bale
Prof_Machiavelli
posted: 10:50 am
Bale is worth that money, he hasnt archievd alot bcoz of the team he is/waz playn 4(tottenham) Ronaldo waz at ManUntd, Zidane at Juve, nd he had won the world cup...backgrounds r nt da same

Bt Bale single-handedly propelld tottenham into a UCL team, finishing in the top 4...he is a star nd will becum a even bigger one @ Bernabau...wth playrz lyk Ozil, Isco, Carvajal, Kaka as yo team m8s u r bound 2 becum an amazing playr

Its a good investment 4rm Los Galacticos...hala madrid hala!
Anonymous
posted: 10:51 am
This is just ridiculous, I mean he's a good and brilliant player but 93m...NO..NO..
Kudu_Kudu
posted: 11:41 am
He's not worth that kind of money.
Chiefs Zobafenda Bonke 13/14
posted: 11:53 am
another over-valued overrated player, nxi...
diski111
posted: 12:10 pm
what i wanna emphasize here is that real are not an ametaur club like the ones were are exposed to here in this country...bale scored 25 goals last term for a tiny london club. hes 24 the same age as lebese and jali. stop being jealous you fools. its the welsh man's stage and y'all just have to sit down and acknowledge bale as "The most expensive player of all time". keep watching your damn psl qha ngoba vele anazinto
Pirates is a medium team CHIEFS is BIG
posted: 12:59 pm
and keep watching 'your La Liga".
Points
posted: 02:04 pm
People are stil backwards. We r no longer in the 80's where an expensive player was worth £30-thousands. Even this record will be broken in the coming yrs. Football is a business nowadays, Madrid know what they want. PERIOD!
Izec
posted: 02:11 pm
Madrid are just disparate bcos Barça got Neymar. Bale is nowhere close to this amount.
Nnewiman from Santa Monica
posted: 06:52 pm
If this guy worth 93m then messi will be just priceless
NaijaBros
posted: 06:54 pm
He is not worth that much. Bale is a very good player but he is not a Messi or Ronaldo. This over pricing might make him under perform because of the expectation and pressure. Another example of this is Fernando Torres. Paid more than he was worth causing unnecessary pressure and he under performed.
ASA"CaLcio Psych"Madi
posted: 08:05 am
This is Ridiculous Qha-Bale z not de team player dat Madrid requires.bale z commonly knwn 4 takin on players az if he plays alone dats wat made him 2 b dis gud.and at Spurs he wz being treated lyk a star of which advantages of being treated lyk a star-u r allowed 2 flaw bcz de players dat r afta u wl clean up at Los meringues he wn't receive dat luxury den he wl b required 2 change his style of play inorder 4 him 2 crack a starting berth.with Fransisco,Ronaldo,Benzema,Modric,Carvajal,Ozil,Illaramandi nd imminent Bale arrival--where daz dat Leave Dimaria,Khedira nd even Arbelka?
Barcsmanship
posted: 11:58 am
Nare @ NUZposted: 09:01 am  

The 2 most expensive players b4 him (Zidane and Ronaldo) were top bidders material..they had already won "world player of the year awards"..

Bale isn't worth that much..
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My brother can u plz tell us which Ronaldo r talkin abt and if its CR7 which year did he win d world player of d year award?
NaijaBros
posted: 05:35 pm
@Barcsmanship - CR7 won the world player of the year in 2008. He was still playing for Manchester United at the time.
Tokzin75
posted: 09:50 am
Once again the British media has done a great job in hyping up their own and poor Madrid fell for it line-hook-and-sinker! 93Mil! Business-wise, it obviously makes sense with Bale into the money now commercially. The only problem comes in with one of the paragraphs in this article involving Carletto and Perez! I think Bale would have done much much better under Mourinho than he will do under Carletto, although this has now put Carletto under pressure to play Madrid's most expensive acquisition at all costs. Mourinho was a more counter-attack minded manager where Ronaldo thrived with his speed and Bale would have fitted in very well. Carletto was trying something different in using his ball players (Ozil, Mondric, Isco) and pushing Ronaldo to a more forward position to just finish it off! Now Bale comes to introduce another speedster in the line-up and its back to counter-attacking for Madrid lest Bale would be rendered useless.
Singas
posted: 03:39 pm
if Bale is worth £93-million, that simply means that King Messi is worth £500-million.
Bigbuc
posted: 11:58 am
Bale if they agree wit ur manager u must shw tht u worth million tht means u wil do what ronaldo has done at madrid
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