The Guardian has reported that Tottenham Hotspur have opened a possibility of selling Gareth Bale by increasing the €100 million deal that Real Madrid has proposed by adding in youth academy graduate Alvaro Morata.
This counter by the London-based team has made the deal a bit more difficult for Madrid’s club president, Florentino Perez, as his determination for bringing Bale to the Bernabeu mirrors that of past Galacticos such as Zinedine Zidane.
In the proposals prior to the record-breaking bid for the Welsh winger, Madrid has offered left-back Fabio Coentrao and winger Angel Di María, but Tottenham has stood their ground and maintain that the deal will be done on their terms.
Each have a substantial worth and could fit into any team. Di María’s direct playing style will be somewhat of a replacement for Bale, but Coentrao would find difficulty fighting for his position as Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Jan Vertonghen sufficiently operate well on the left side of defense.
The fact that Spurs would reject proven players and instead bid for a 20 year-old striker yet to play a full season in the top-flight shows that they see Morata as valuable potential in years to come.
With news breaking that Tottenham has signed striker Roberto Soldado from Valencia, one would think that their striker situation is resolved. This could potentially leave Morata with a “why would I go to a club with a striker” face as there seems to be a vacancy currently at Madrid, with Gonzalo Higuaín having completed his transfer to Napoli.
Real are currently in the United States on their preseason tour, competing in the International Champions Cup tournament with the goal of gelling the side containing many new faces on the pitch and on the bench.
If the nine-time Champions League-winning club are insistent on signing Bale, they should prefer to make it happen sooner rather than later to produce a chemistry within one of the most expensive roster the world of sport has ever witnessed.
The possibility of making the deal swiftly and quickly is not likely though, as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is known to be a tough negotiator. After last year’s long saga with Luka Modric, he would not mind if the deal fell through, keeping Bale for another season in London and pushing for Champions League football.