"It makes a joke of the financial fair play regulations," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger when asked about Real Madrid's €100 million bid for Bale, via David Hytner at The Guardian. "I find it amazing that in the year the regulations come in, world football has gone completely crazy."
Crazy is the word to describe Real president Florentino Perez signing Bale, an extravagant spare part, and selling Ozil, a world-class playmaker, who has a telepathic relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo.
"Ozil leaving [for Arsenal] is bad news for me," Ronaldo said, via Inside Spanish Football. "He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal."
Bale played the Ronaldo role for Tottenham Hotspur, averaging the second-most shots per game in the Premier League last season, scoring 21 league goals yet registering only four assists.
Unless Bale reverts back to hugging the left flank to take advantage of Ronaldo's aerial prowess (he has scored 10 headers for club and country since the start of the year), Bale will cause Ronaldo's shots per game to decrease, meaning fewer goals for the Portuguese international.
Well, can't Isco, a €30 million signing from Malaga, be a like-for-like Ozil replacement?
Whilst Isco can create shots for teammates, he isn't a pass-first playmaker like Ozil.
Oh, and to rub it in, Perez wants Madridistas to conveniently gloss over Isco admitting to being "a bit antimadridista".
Not only does buying Bale and selling Ozil make no sense from an FFP perspective, it weakens the club's MVP, Ronaldo, and will prove to be a disastrous PR move should this cause a sequel to the Ronaldo "I'm sad" saga.
If Ozil, a superior player with a more substantial body of work, is worth €50 million, then Bale's transfer fee should have been around €40-45 million.
Typical of Wenger to take advantage of Perez not wanting Ozil to give Arsenal one of the most potent attacking triumvirates in world football (Theo Walcott, Ozil and Santi Cazorla).
This gives Olivier Giroud, who's scored in three-straight league games, a legitimate chance of winning the Premier League Golden Boot.
Ozil's transfer fee is about right when you take into account that he's better in his position than Neymar, Falcao and Edinson Cavani in their positions, who all had higher transfer fees.