Published On: Thu, Aug 1st, 2013

Could losing Bale be a blessing for Tottenham?

Gareth Bale seems to be teetering on the edge of a world record move to Real Madrid.  Talks over a massive £85 million bid have begun in earnest according to new Real coach Carlo Ancelotti who remarked “I believe the club is in talks to find a solution and we will see what happens”

In private, the Welshman wants to go, but is loathe to handing in the transfer request that would publicly force Spurs’ hand.  But should they just let him go? And could this actually help Tottenham in the long run?

Let’s get one thing straight early on here – losing Gareth Bale would be a huge blow to Tottenham – but one that they can bounce back from.  In André Villas-Boas, I think they have the perfect man for the task.   For him the obvious challenge wouldn’t be to simply replace Bale (a borderline impossible task) but more to make sure that the money received is reinvested properly – and throughout the team – to make Spurs a viable threat at the top end of the table.

A fee has been agreed today with Valencia for striker Roberto Soldado – after Spurs reluctantly agreed to meet his £26 million buyout

Could Gareth Bale be playing alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid next term?

Could Gareth Bale be playing alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid next term?

clause – and he would go a long way to curing the Bale blues.   Another long-term target, who’s now suddenly affordable, is Leandro Damiao of Internacional de Porto Alegre.   Their chairman dug his heels in the last time Spurs came a-calling but, with the Bale cash burning a hole in their Lilywhite suits, the Tottenham board have the perfect opportunity to add this exciting Brazil international to the ever-growing Samba contingent in North London.

In order for this to work, however, they need to get rid of Emmanuel Adebayor.   The antics merchant has surely Molotov’d the last chance saloon at White Hart Lane but they’ll struggle to find a buyer willing to match his exorbitant wages.  There has been interest in the past from some Italian sides but their financial woes show no sign of abating and it would take a significant wage cut from Adebayor for him to be considered a viable option for the Italian sides.

Nacer Chadli has already completed his £7 million move from FC Twente in Holland and he has proven himself at Eredivisie and Champions League / Europa League level so should fit in just fine.  Whether or not Spurs want to sign another winger in the wake of a Bale departure would be up for debate, but left-winger Bernard, from Copa Libertadores winners Atletico Mineiro (yon club Ronaldinho’s at), is suddenly available for a fairly knockdown fee of €25 million and would be a like-for-like replacement for Bale.  Spurs would need to move quickly however as Shakthar Donetsk, the little Brazil of Eastern Europe, have agreed a fee and are attempting to finalise the deal.   They would also face stiff competition from FC Porto, and bitter North London rivals Arsenal, should they try and snare the 21-year-old.

There’s been some talk of Spurs looking for a centre half to replace Steven Caulker this summer, and they could do far worse than pinching Jan Vertonghen’s old mate Toby Alderweireld from Ajax.   The Amsterdammers would not ask for more than €8 million and he can play right-back as well, having turned out for Belgium there in the past.   Another great buy from the Ajacied would be Christian Eriksen, who could play in Bale’s oft-used hole-behind-the-strikers position and provide some sumptuous skill, incisive passing and even pitch in with a few goals too.

So you see, me old Spurs muckers, a Gareth Bale does not a Tottenham team make…and if they could use the cash generated to sign four or five of these guys, I’m confident that it would be a case of “Gareth who?” before too long.

Words by Andy MacKay