Will he? Won’t he? Gareth Bale and his Real Madrid move will drag on all summer, as Spurs fans we know this already and the only surprise to us will be whether it’s all settled this month.
Spurs themselves are on the lookout for fresh players, mainly strikers and without the lure of Champions League football, it is a lot easier to attract players of high quality if they know they will be playing in the same team as one of the world’s best in Gareth Bale.
With all due respect a player like David Villa is 10 times more likely if he can see us holding onto our top players and knows he will be playing in a team that features Gareth Bale rather than a team that features Gylfi Sigurdsson.
If we sell Bale for the £80m that has been touted then we can afford to bring in some top players to help soften the blow but will it be a lot harder to attract them? I think so. However if we speculate the money and show intent then there is every chance Bale will stay. Keeping Bale then again could also take up a huge chunk of the wage bill and limit what we can afford to bring in.
Either way we will lose out in some respect. Keeping Bale and seeing Levy spend some money that he has kept stashed away for strikers for the last 3 years would be the best outcome for us.