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Spurs’ Bale Out


Gareth Bale is all but a Real Madrid player. The player has not returned to training after being given an extended break from the club, despite Andre Villas-Boas being pretty open today saying the club is working on the final details of the transfer. AVB and Tottenham seem to be getting on with things and although the transfer has taken longer then what Bale would’ve liked he still should show respect to his current club as they are to him.

Tottenham should be admired for the way they went about their business. As soon as negotiations entered the final stages (early last week) they set about reinvesting the large sum they were about to receive on players like Capoue, Chadli and Lamela with some journalist also reporting Eriksen could be arriving too, these signings come in after the club already purchased Saldado and Paulinho earlier in the summer. Maybe by default or maybe by design, Bale’s transfer will also only be official in the final few days of the window. This meant clubs didn’t look to tempt Real to recoup the money they spent, an Arsenal £30 million bid for Benzema may be easier to accept after just spending £90 million+. The other, more obvious, upside is that without the £90 million in the bank clubs can’t justify inflating transfer fees for Tottenham, they’ve really handled the situation. The handling of the situation stretches further than just their transfer dealings as Spurs let Bale have two weeks off, as the club started their Premier League campaign and as Levy sorted out the transfer itself.

Whatever way you look at the Bale transfer; whether you think Real have over spent, Spurs have been unnecessarily stubborn or the gashtly images of the Welsh-man on holidays, Tottenham have definitely got a stronger squad this season then they had at the end of last season: Bale or no Bale.

Tottenham’s summer dealings:


Roberto Saldado £26 million
Paulinho £17 million
Etienne Capoue £9 million
Nacer Chadli £7 million
Erik Lamela £30 million

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