Tottenham vs. Sunderland: Gareth Bale's Heroics Highlight His Summer Value

Justin Onslow@@JustinOnslowNFLContributor IIMay 19, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates a goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland at White Hart Lane on May 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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With an Arsenal win on Sunday, Tottenham’s 1-0 victory over Sunderland was all for naught. Despite Gareth Bale’s late-match heroics that netted Spurs the victory, the writing may now be on the wall for the tremendous 23-year-old midfielder.

A Champions League berth may have been the only thing keeping the Spurs star at Tottenham, and that’s no longer in the cards. As it stands, it seems Bale could be open to other options.

Bale emphasized how important winning—specifically in the Champions League—is to him, as quoted by Shane Farrington of Goal.com:

It gets asked a lot at the moment, but it is something I am not thinking too much about at the moment. My mind is not wandering anywhere. Winning is a massive thing and playing against the best teams is what a footballer wants to do. Champions League is a massive thing. We have been there before, playing against the best teams in the biggest stadiums, testing ourselves.

“We” may no longer mean Bale and Spurs, however.

With so much potential interest on the transfer market this summer, Bale is going to have plenty of options finding a winning club in need of a young, dominant talent. Not that he needed it, but his performance against Sunderland was the perfect audition for those clubs.

In that match, Bale once again took his club on his shoulders—something he has been forced to do all too often. With the match on the line and in desperate need of a victory to have any chance of securing a top-four finish, Bale delivered as he always does.

The tremendous left-footed strike proved meaningless, but it highlighted why Bale will be a top target on the transfer market this summer. There are players who come close to matching his talent, but few come through in the clutch as often as the Welshman.

Several top-shelf clubs will be vying for Bale’s services this summer, including Spanish juggernauts Real Madrid, who, according to John Cross of the Daily Mirror, will be prepared to “make a big push” for the Spurs star:

Perez is prepared to offer a straight cash deal of £45m or a player-plus-cash deal, which will include either striker Gonzalo Higuain or winger Angel Di Maria.

Real are understood to have already made discreet enquiries - and have been sent packing by the north Londoners, who are determined to keep Bale.

Spurs may be determined to keep him, but those prospects are increasingly unlikely with the disappointing end to their season. Bale simply finds ways to win, and there’s a good chance he’ll be hoping to find a club that can help him do so next term.

The biggest question mark is how much potential suitors will be willing to pay for the star. Though Madrid is seemingly willing to give up a marginal sum for Bale, their rumored offer probably isn’t close to what some other top-tier clubs would be willing to part with.

According to Matt Law of the Daily Mirror, Premier League giants Manchester United could be willing to offer £60 million for Bale:

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy values Bale at £60million and may well attempt to stop the ­Wales winger joining another English club.

A new £170,000-a-week contract offer is also being drawn up.

United are prepared to sweeten their bid by ­offering Spurs the likes of Anderson and Nani—two players Villas-Boas is known to admire.

None of the rumors are particularly surprising—in fact, it wouldn’t be a shock to see either club up the ante when the summer transfer period arrives. If his performance this season is any indication of future potential, no price should be too steep to acquire Bale.


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