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|SoccerAnchor EPL Transfer Special: Where will Tottenham's Gareth Bale end up?|
Just two seasons ago Gareth Bale was struggling to get a game for Tottenham and was seen as their reserve left-back. However times change and he is now one of the hottest properties in European football.
Since being given the license to move forward and play as a left winger by manager Harry Redknapp the Welshman has flourished showing his full potential.
His pace, power, skill and fantastic delivery just some of the assets that make him one of the finest left sided players in the world and it is no wonder that he is being tracked by some of the biggest teams not only in the Premier League but all over Europe.
Tottenham were optimistic of holding to players like Bale and Modric however Chelsea’s victory against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final means that the Lilly Whites have lost their place in Europe’s elite competition and it seems as is their top players will be moving on after all.
The list of potential suitors for Bale is as follows:
With the decline of one Welsh maestro comes the emergence of another.
Ryan Giggs is now 38 years old and the consensus seems to be that next year will be his last at United. Although nowadays Giggs doesn’t necessarily start and or feature in every game for Sir Alex Fergusons’ side when he does decide to call it a day it will be a massive loss for the club and will need a void that will need filling almost immediately.
Bale could be seen as a ready-made replacement for Giggs and if he was to move to United this summer it could surely do him no harm to have the opportunity to work and learn from the 38 year-old throughout the duration of next season,.
This would not be the first time Ferguson has tried to sign Bale as he came close to securing his signature four years ago before he moved to Tottenham. It would be no surprise if the United boss decided to make a move for him this summer as their midfield is lacking some dynamism and creativity however the £40 plus price tag being bandied about may mean they look elsewhere.
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Who’d have thought it, the team touted as the best team ever in world football could potentially end this season without any major domestic or European trophies in their cabinet.
Barcelona’s patchy away form this year coupled with the fact that Real Madrid have been on fire saw them fall well behind in the title race and Madrid took full advantage to win their first La Liga Championship in four years.
Barcelona’s game has become predictable and teams are starting to work out how to play against them, the loss of David Villa to injury over the Christmas period just amplified this problem as he is one of the players who does offer something different.
With this in mind Bale would be a brilliant signing for the Catalan club. He would no doubt be deployed as a wing-back and given huge licence to roam forward and this would help to give the side more unpredictability.
His driving runs from deep areas would pose a huge problem for the opposition and bring much more balance to the side as they would then have two marauding wing-back with bale and Alves on opposing flanks.
After big spends on Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez last summer it remains to be seen how much money the new coach at the Camp Nou, Francesc Vilanova, will be given to play with this summer. If he is given a large budget he will undoubtedly have Bale on his radar and the Welshman does seem keen on a move abroad so this move definitely has potential.
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Real move in to the summer transfer market in a very strong position. As previously mentioned they won the La Liga title very comprehensively whilst also breaking many goal scoring records along the way.
After much speculation of a move away Real coach Jose Mourinho has signed a new three-year contract at the club and will definitely be looking to invest this summer as they attempt to fight off what will definitely once again be strong competition from Barcelona next season.
If Bale were to move to Madrid it is likely that he would be deployed in a wing-back role much as he would if he were to move to rivals Barca. The side from the capital already have two player who fill that position; Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao so the signing of Bale could see one of these moving on or possibly even being used as a part-exchange in an offers made for Bale.
The Welshman would definitely fit the criteria of players Mourinho usually signs which is, big, strong and powerful and Bale would definitely be an improvement on the aforementioned Marcelo and Coentrao.
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REMAIN AT TOTTENHAM
I think Bale’s future is well and truly in his own hands and he has options a plenty. As far as his development is concerned staying in the Premier League may be best for him however he has previously spoke about his admiration for the two big teams in Spain so it would be no surprise if we were to see him donning either the all-white of Real Madrid or the red and blue of Barcelona.
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