Gareth Bale’s protracted move to Real Madrid has hit another major stumbling block after it was reported by BBC Sport’s Dan Roan that another club—believed to be Manchester United—are in fact in for the Welshman’s signature.
In a saga that’s taken the best part of four months, Carlo Ancelotti now needs to be more efficient than ever in terms of his transfer priorities, of which Bale presumably ranks among the highest.
The ongoing ordeal has been egged on by Sky Sports’ Twitter account, which claims that the scoring sensation won’t be returning to Tottenham.
Sky sources: Gareth Bale will not return to Tottenham #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 28, 2013
One can debate just how much value Bale’s acquisition would hold at the staggering transfer price of more than £86 million until the cows come home. What isn’t up for question, however, is that the Spurs star is an incredible athlete, the likes of which don’t come about all too often.
As a result, if the supposed rival bid is from a club with the finances and prestige necessary to lure Bale, the Real boss must emphasise just how much his side does or doesn’t need the attacker.
Of course, the root of the transfer runs far deeper than the Italian and, at this stage, can be presumed to lie almost independently between the Real Madrid board and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, who has so far been candid about proceedings between the two clubs.
The Spurs representative is highly regarded for his haggling skills when it comes to the transfer market, and it’s of little surprise that a deal containing potentially the most expensive player of all time showcases that attribute expertly.
Levy has a price in mind for his side’s most valuable asset, which Real are so far yet to meet as far as the vast majority of the world knows, but Ancelotti’s intervention can still have its impact.
What would be a suitable price for Bale?
On the one hand, the two-time Champions League-winning manager can convince his club, currently the most valuable sport team in the world according to Forbes, that Bale is necessary to improvement and well worth any outlay.
Alternatively, Ancelotti takes the reins and points out to club president Florentino Perez just which players can be considered forgivable losses in order to bring the Welsh superstar in.
Over the last few weeks, Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria have all been linked with summer transfers, as John Cross of the Mirror attests. Were Ancelotti all of a sudden to sanction such deals, it would obviously increase the likelihood of Bale’s imminent arrival.
However, as aforementioned, Ancelotti’s say in these matters only runs so far at a club he’s yet to manage for even half a season.
That being said, his managing success can still have great influence over just how quickly the player comes to be one of Ancelotti's own. The Italian just needs to move with increasing speed if reports of mounting interest elsewhere prove true.