Despite Tottenham’s insistence that star winger Gareth Bale will not be leaving North London in January, Real Madrid must continue to pursue the Welsh winger, as he would be a hugely valuable addition.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas left no uncertainty when he laid out his expectations regarding the 23-year-old, saying (via Vikki Orvice of The Sun), “I have no concerns at all about the possibility of Bale going in January.”
But rumors are continuing to swirl about AVB’s mentor making a strong push to steal away Tottenham’s top talent. The Daily Mail’s John Edwards put Madrid’s offer at £33 million.
Even if Madrid has to pay more than that for Bale, it would be well worth the money.
The young Welsh international has nine Premier League goals this year and is coming off his first EPL hat trick for Spurs, against Aston Villa earlier this week. Only a select few players possess his combination of speed, skill and finishing ability.
While Bale would likely play as a winger for Madrid, he is also extremely effective when playing as a traditional outside midfielder and can even line up at left-back.
Despite being so young, Bale is never discussed as an up-and-comer. He has fully arrived as one of the best players on the planet, and he has several years of world-class production ahead of him.
Mourinho may already have two top-level wide players at his disposal in Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo, but Madrid has surprisingly little depth at winger behind these two. With plenty of ground to make up in La Liga and a difficult Champions League schedule that will begin with two fixtures against Manchester United, Madrid will need a deep squad.
Having Bale on his roster would allow Mourinho to be more creative with where he places Ronaldo in his formation, and he would have countless options for how to best position his attacking players in order to take full advantage of specific matchups.
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In addition to improving the squad’s depth and versatility, making a move for Bale would continue Madrid’s trend of signing Galácticos. The prolific winger is undoubtedly one of the game’s top players, and he would be the latest star to move to the Bernabeu and improve both the club’s form and its reputation.
There are several sources of motivation to sign Bale, and Madrid should start preparing an irresistible offer for the talented attacker.