The Gareth Bale saga has reached a point of no return, and the midfielder must be sold to save Tottenham's season.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sports, a deal with Real Madrid is close to being completed:
If Tottenham are able to actually get this amount of money as well as Fabio Coentrao in the deal, this offer has to be accepted immediately.
The first issue is the timing of the move, which has already carried on for too long. According to ESPN, Manager Andre Villas-Boas has stated that Bale will not play until at least after the transfer window closes. However, that has not stopped him from receiving questions about the player on a daily basis.
As a result, the entire club is facing a distraction despite the fact that the season has already started. Tottenham defeated Crystal Palace, 1-0, to open up the Premier League year.
In the win, the club showed that it has plenty of talent besides Bale. New transfers Roberto Soldado and Paulinho had strong performances, while the rest of the squad lived up to the expectations from last season.
Adding in an experienced defender in Coentrao would strengthen a back line that was a bit inconsistent last year and help make it one of the better units in the league.
How would Tottenham fare in the EPL without Gareth Bale?
More importantly, the funds brought in from Bale would help the club make two more huge additions to the midfield. According to Ben Curtis of Mirror Football, the club has been looking at Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala, as well as Roma's Erik Lamela.
Each player brings different strengths, but they would both instantly have a spot on the first team and could make an impact right away. The 25-year-old Willian and the 21-year-old Lamela would also be able to help for a long time.
If Tottenham are able to acquire both midfielders to go along with the players already on the roster, they will be more than capable of finishing in the top four, even without Bale.
WhoScored.com did point out that the club has been just as good without him in recent years:
Gareth Bale: In the last 3 seasons Tottenham have won exactly 50% of their Premier League games with Bale starting and 50% without him #THFC— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 20, 2013
However, the alternative situation could end up being much worse. If the transfer window ends with the superstar still on the roster, he will obviously be upset about the situation, and there will be friction between him and his manager, as well as the rest of the squad.
The negative mentally could end up hurting the club on the pitch, and the play will suffer.
Additionally, the possibility would remain that he would leave the club at a later date. At that time, Tottenham might be less prepared to replace him.
It is never a great situation when a club's best player wants to move to another team. However, the Spurs have to make the best of what they have and sell Bale as soon as possible.
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