Real Madrid Transfer News: Gareth Bale Would Listen to Offers from Los Blancos
Tottenham superstar Gareth Bale isn't ruling out a summer move. His agent, Jonathan Barnett, said they are willing to listen if a club like Real Madrid wants to make an offer but made it clear the Spurs winger wouldn't come cheap, according to ESPN:
"If someone like [Real president Florentino] Perez was interested in Bale it would be a great honour," Barnett is quoted as saying on Marca TV show 'Futboleros'. "And we would listen. We're not speaking to anybody…
"Bale is better than Neymar. He's proved himself better than Neymar. He's proved himself in the best league in the world.
"I would hope that any club who wants him, wants him not because they lost Neymar. I would think he'd have to be their first choice… Listen, it's crazy, but whatever Neymar cost, Gareth Bale is worth more."
Obviously, there's a lot of agent speak in those comments. Calling him clearly better than Neymar despite the Brazilian star's similarly limitless potential and saying he would definitely command a larger fee is exactly what you'd expect an agent to say.
Which star would have more La Liga success?
Barcelona paid in the neighborhood of €60 million for Neymar. Whether Madrid would be willing to approach that number for Bale is unclear, but his accomplishments with Tottenham certainly make him a valuable commodity.
Although the debate between Neymar and Bale would rage on should he make a move to Real Madrid, the Blancos supporters already voted in favor of the Premier League sensation. Two surveys found him as the fans' top transfer target for the La Liga club, reports Lee Bryan of the Daily Mail:
And despite being unable to make a real impact on the international scene due to Wales' own shortcomings, Bale is the man most Madrid fans want, beating the likes of Neymar and Sergio Aguero.
In separate surveys published in newspapers Marca and AS, Tottenham's star man was significantly more popular than anyone else, polling 93 percent in the latter, and 89.1 percent in the former.
Bale is coming off the best season of his career. The 23-year-old Welsh international scored 21 goals and assisted on four more to lead the Tottenham attack. It amounted to a breakout campaign after showing signs of promise over the past few years.
The performance helped Bale pick up multiple individual awards. He won the Barclays Player of the Season to go along with honors from the Football Writers' Association and Professional Footballers' Association, so his progress clearly didn't go unnoticed.
Where will Bale start next season?
At Real Madrid, he would amount to the perfect counter to Barcelona's high-profile move for Neymar. The rivals are constantly attempting to one-up each other, meaning it's now the Blancos' turn to make a big move after the early signing by Barca.
Bale is capable of making a smooth transition to Spain's top division. His combination of pace, playmaking ability and improved finishing would make him a perfect fit opposite of Cristiano Ronaldo on the wing.
Judging by his agent's comments, it doesn't seem an agreement is imminent, though. It sounds like they are in the early stages of feeling out what the market has to offer.
The good news for Real Madrid is that Bale hasn't ruled out a move.
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