When it comes to the transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur can't lose.
Sure, Andre Villas-Boas' club is already enjoying a pretty successful summer as it is, signing Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue.
What should Tottenham do with Gareth Bale?
But it can only get better thanks to Gareth Bale's potential departure.
On the surface, the idea of losing one of the most talented players in the world is always a dreary one. Bale pretty much willed Spurs to within one point of Champions League qualifying last season, and an argument can be made that he was more important to his squad than any other individual in the game.
How could losing a player of that stature ever be seen as a good thing?
Well, when the interested club—in this case, Real Madrid—is falling over itself to acquire that player, that certainly makes things easier.
Let me explain, starting with the most recent rumour surrounding Bale, which comes from Sky Sports' Gianluca Di Marzio:
Bale-Real Madrid 93 million pounds, not euro.— Gianluca Di Marzio (@dimarzio) August 20, 2013
It's unclear whether that means if the offer is £93 million and Fabio Coentrao, or £93 million, which includes Coentrao's value.
Even if it's the latter—let's just assume for now that Coentrao is valued at £15 million—that's still £78 million plus the Portugal left back, who has lots of intriguing potential when moving forward.
With that money, Villas-Boas could then go out and buy Willian, who has been rumoured as a £30 million target, and Erik Lamela, who has been rumoured as a £35 million target, and still have somewhere in the range of £13 million left over from the Bale deal alone.
Losing Bale obviously would be unpopular with fans. No one wants to lose a player of that caliber. But replacing him by adding Coentrao, Willian and Lamela to a corps that already includes Chadli, Paulinho, Soldado and Moussa Dembele would put the Spurs on an unbelievable level in terms of quality and talent.
Although it would be a bit of an unknown as to how these players would mesh together, it would be very difficult not to peg Villas-Boas' club as one that could make the top four this season.
The final days of the transfer window could go down one other way, and Bale could stay at White Hart Lane.
Reports and speculation may make it seem that the Wales youngster has one foot out the door already, but he has never actually been quoted as saying he wants out. And if that's true, that's perfectly fine, too.
That would mean Tottenham would get to keep a 24-year-old who produced at a silly level last season, per Who Scored:
Gareth Bale: Scored more goals from outside the box (9) than 62 of the 98 teams in Europe's top 5 leagues in 2012/13 pic.twitter.com/YAexGtUPkI— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 20, 2013
He also scored pretty much whenever he wanted:
There are two roads for Tottenham. One involves selling its mega superstar for insane profit and building off of that profit. The other involves keeping one of the best young players in the world.
Regardless of what path it chooses, Spurs is going to win the summer.