I might not be a Spurs fan but in a weird way as a Gooner I can understand a little bit of what the club are going through. You have a world class player (see also Fabregas, van Perise etc) and summer after summer Europe’s elite clubs are circling round them while your management team is adamant they are going nowhere.
The difficulty is that the longer the Bale situation remains unresolved the trickier things get for Tottenham, but ironically enough Arsenal too. To illustrate what I mean let’s take a look at two scenarios.
1 Bale stays – I think it is fair to surmise that Bale is Real Madrid’s number one target and quite possibly the only club he will go to. If Bale does stay at Spurs then the Spaniards are very likely to turn their attention to Luis Suarez. As much as it pains me to say it if they did come anywhere near Arsenal’s bid for the player I am sure the Uruguayan would be off to Spain in a heartbeat. Liverpool also manage to avoid the ignominy of selling their best player to a Premiership rival. That leaves Arsenal minus Suarez (and also Higuain, Jovetic, Benteke, Bony etc) and scrabbling around for that marquee striker that will turn them into title contenders.
2 If Bale goes – Now this is where it gets mighty tricky. All of sudden Tottenham have a huge war chest to spend. I wonder if the player they would then target would be, you guessed it, Suarez. If previous history is anything to go by they could possibly outbid Arsenal. Even if the Suarez saga has been resolved by then Arsenal and Spurs would possibly find themselves bidding for the the same players towards the end of the window, which delivers inflated prices and that won’t go down well at Arsenal. The irony is that Spurs might sell their talisman, but it could end up being really bad news for the Gunners.
Finally the longer the situation remains unresolved the worse it gets. If Bale hangs on until August before Spurs sell him they have less time to spend that cash.
So what do you think? If Bale goes who will Spurs buy? Suarez?