Daniel Levy is a genius and a very good negotiator. He has stood firm throughout the summer and if the deal - Gareth Bale to Madrid - goes through, he’s got the best deal possible for the club.
With no disrespect to Bale, who is a very good player, he is worth far from the £94million (plus Fabio Coentrao) figure that is being bandied around today.
The Wales international will head to the Spanish capital to play with a very good group of individuals. But is he better than those players? No.
He is joining Los Blancos for a very high figure yet he is no better than the likes of Ozil, Isco and maybe Di Maria and Modric, on their day. Does such a high price tag merit a starting line-up over these other players?
The figure isn’t Bale’s doing and he just wants his dream move to the world’s biggest club to be finalised.
With or without Bale, Spurs will have a good season. They have made some very good signings in Paulinho, Soldado, Chadli and soon to be confirmed, Willian. The fact they have broke their transfer record three times in this transfer window shows they are deadly serious in competing with the big clubs and if they sell Bale, it won’t affect them massively. It appears they are getting Coentrao as part of the deal and in him they are getting a good player who can operate on the left flank, in either full-back or midfield position. If they spend even half of the €93million transfer fee, they could put themselves firmly in with a chance of the title.
Bale had a good spell when Tottenham when they were in the Champions League, starring against Inter Milan in particular, but other than last season he hasn’t proved his worth fully.
He was very good in the 2012/13 season and at times he looked unstoppable, but who is to say he can maintain this, especially with a heavy price tag on his back. Levy knows this and maybe it was a reason he has chosen to sell.
Is Bale really as good as Ronaldo, who Madrid smashed the world transfer record for in 2009? Yet with that fee, they bought a player who can help them off the field with his celebrity status and lifestyle, on a commercial level.
To summarise the transfer in comparison to others from this summer window, is Bale worth nearly two Neymar Jr’s? People may say Neymar isn’t proven in Europe but his bags of talent and potential surely means he isn’t worth just half of Gareth Bale.
When Bale goes off to Madrid, good luck to him. It may just be Levy who’s laughing last , though, after reaffirming himself as one of football’s best, and firmest, negotiators.