How would Tottenham spend Gareth Bale's transfer fee?
The reason being for this 50/50 split in the transfer’s chances is simply because there would appear to be evidence backing up both parties’ desires.
While the Telegraph report that Daniel Levy isn’t prepared to meet with Real until the Spaniards increase their bid substantially, the Daily Mail allege that Spurs owner Joe Lewis has stepped in to handle talks and is demanding more than £100 million for his most prized asset.
Speculation has only been increased after Spanish publication AS reported that Tottenham had removed Bale’s image from their Twitter profile, seeming to suggest the player may not be in their long-term future.
Assuming Spurs were to sell the attacker, however, just how would the White Hart Lane hierarchy be expected to spend the sum received?
For starters, there’s not much point in hypothesising that the club would automatically gain a transfer kitty of more than £85 million for Andre Villas-Boas to reinvest as he pleases. Amongst the clubs looking for top four spots in recent years, Tottenham Hotspur are one of the more well-run when it comes to the financial side of things, and it will stay that way for a reason.
That being the case, it’s also nigh impossible to tell exactly how much would go back into squad reinvestment, but that won’t stop us from guessing.
With Nacer Chadli having arrived from FC Twente earlier this summer, Spurs have already done well to secure a relatively cheap yet promising left winger, presumably in the case that were Bale to leave, the club at least had a capable option to fall back on.
With that being the case, Chadli is, however, untested in the Premier League and given how important Bale’s been to the Spurs cause in recent seasons, another star wide man might not be a bad choice.
In that vein, a risky but potentially dividend-paying pickup for the North London club could be out-of-form Manchester United winger, Nani. Having initially arrived in England for a fee of more than £20 million, the skilful attacker could leave Old Trafford this summer, according to the Mirror’s John Cross, for just £8 million.
Such a move would present the maestro to once again become a valued component in what’s a very strong Tottenham squad, and at 26 years of age, Spurs could yet get the best out of Nani’s career.
And who better to get the player back on track than compatriot, Villas-Boas, who will undoubtedly be as familiar as any with Nani’s strengths and weaknesses.
With Roberto Soldado now confirmed as a Tottenham player, the strike ranks look far better for Spurs, but that’s not to say more attacking cover would go astray.
For those needs, the attributes of one Sebastian Giovinco could fit the necessary mould, a player capable of functioning up front, as a supporting striker or even out wide if required.
Such an offensive utility would be appreciated at any squad, but things are set to get a lot tougher at Juventus for the 26-year-old. With Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente arriving in Turin this summer, Antonio Conte now has six strikers at his disposal and will need to offload some faces.
In 23 starts for Juve last season, the Italian international scored seven goals and made seven assists, showing his malleability in not just direct contribution, but helping those around him. What’s more, he’d cost but a fraction of the fee Spurs would receive for Bale, making him a potentially savvy investment.
Tottenham also look light in defence after selling Steven Caulker to Cardiff City for a fee of £8 million, though.
With William Gallas having left as a free transfer this summer, Jan Vertonghen, Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul now govern the centre-back spots, perhaps leaving room for another young entrant.
In that vein, it may be worth testing the water with an offer for Schalke defender, Joel Matip, who risks falling into obscurity this Bundesliga season.
Although the Cameroonian was impressive last term, the summer signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Felipe Santana doesn’t speak too kindly for the 21-year-old, and his chances might be better served in North London.
Young, strong and with an eye for goal, Matip might not be a starting option upon arrival at the Lane, but could most certainly make his way into the setup should he settle well in the English top flight.
Of course, any such moves are mere opinion; ramblings of an economical mind that might look to persevere with the penny-pinching method which, while not bringing excess amounts of silverware, has kept Tottenham in decent nick until now.
It’s highly unlikely that any such moves would come to pass, but should Bale finally complete his prophesised move to Los Merengues, the options discussed may not be bad ones to explore.