The Spanish champions are believed to be putting together a £50 million bid for the Welsh winger, whom the club have been watching with interest for some time now.
Real Madrid have asked Tottenham Hotspur to inform them if Gareth Bale becomes available for transfer, as the Spanish club's president Florentino Perez considers a £50 million summer bid for arguably the Premier League's best player.
Real Madrid expressed an interest in Bale when they signed Luka Modric from Tottenham last summer and have now requested that they be given the opportunity to match any rival bids.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has said Bale may leave the club if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League, and Bayern Munich have also been cited as potential bidders.
Bale has been in absolutely scintillating form for the North London club through the 2012-13 season so far, and he has naturally attracted further interest as a result.
The Welsh winger has netted 15 goals in 27 appearances for Spurs so far this year, but he has scored the club's last six goals throughout various competitions—earning all four man of the match performances as a result. He has been instrumental in Spurs' attacking style this season and is a key reason behind their strong standing in the Premier League at the moment.
Yet, for all his skill and attacking mastery, Bale is the wrong man for Madrid to pursue this summer—or any summer, for that matter—about a potential transfer.
The Spanish champions might be rumored to be interested in signing Bale, but the reality is that the club do not need Bale to come to their club in the near future. They already have a Bale-esque player at their club right now, and he's proven to be a far more prestigious signing than Bale ever will be.
A mazy left-winger who cuts in centrally to finish blistering attacking raids as well as an expert from free kicks, Ronaldo is everything that Bale aspires to be. It is not the other way around—Madrid already have their master in their midst, and they are looking to sign the new apprentice as well.
Truth be told, Madrid do not need Bale when they have Ronaldo.
It's understandable that the club are interested in bringing in some new changes after being embarrassed by Barcelona in La Liga this season, but what the club needs is not new players. They need their current players who are underperforming to step up and show what made them world-class in the first place—not the arrival of more £50 million-rated players.
Los Blancos do not have a need for Bale at the moment, with Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria more than good additions on the respective flanks at the current time.
That pair have an excellent understanding amongst each other, as we saw recently against Manchester United in the Champions League, with their ability to switch wings at will and combine together through the middle.
There's no way that Ronaldo would be replaced, so it would be Di Maria to go if Bale was to arrive, and that move simply doesn't make any sense at all.
Madrid are already overqualified in midfield at the moment with a number of world-class players unable to break in consistently to the starting team. Adding another player to that mix doesn't seem like the right move for Jose Mourinho to make.
Especially when he's looking at £50 million to do so.
Having already been beaten by Tottenham chairman Dan Levy in the deal for Luka Modric—which saw Madrid pay far too much for what they were getting—it seems unlikely that the Spanish powerhouse would be quick to rush into a high-stakes deal for another Spurs player any time soon.
£50 million is a very large amount of money to spend on a position where they are already very strong—regardless of the player that might be up for auction.
Bale signed a new four-year deal with Tottenham at the start of the season—seemingly committing his long-term future to the London club. And given the incredible success and impact that he's had this season under Villas-Boas, it's highly unlikely that Spurs would be wanting to part with their Welsh wizard for anything short of an extraordinary transfer fee.
Bale matters too much to Tottenham at the moment, and that impact will only continue next season—especially if Spurs qualify for the Champions League as well.
Madrid would be far better off to develop the players that they have at the moment, and perhaps bring in another striker over the summer transfer window. They would be making the wrong move to bring in Gareth Bale this summer—especially given his exuberant transfer fee—and would not be doing themselves, or Bale, a favor if they went through with the deal.
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