Arsenal and Spurs plan to bolster their offence – their recent target, Alexis Sanchez of Barcelona. Levy now wants 145 million Euros for Gareth Bale.
Arsenal And Tottenham Target Alexis Sanchez
Much has been said about Arsenal and Tottenham in this transfer window. While Arsenal have not been able to acquire any of their coveted targets, Spurs have relentlessly fought off advances from Real Madrid, to sign Gareth Bale. Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, apparently have a good relationship, but Levy’s vehement rejection of Madrid’s forced attempts to acquire Gareth Bale, suggest otherwise. However, perhaps the Tottenham honcho has resigned to the fact that he can only postpone the inevitable and has already started work towards assembling a strong squad which will enable them to play the coveted Champions League. They have recently acquired Nacer Chadli (from FC Twente for 8.13 million Euros) and Paulinho (from Corinthians for 19.725 million Euros) for a combined sum of 27.855 million Euros. And now they are close to signing Roberto Soldado. Arsenal however, haven’t been as lucky. The two north-London sides however have now set their sight on FC Barcelona striker/winger Alexis Sanchez. While Barcelona have bought Neymar, they have also let go David Villa and Bojan. It looks unlikely that the club under the new coach will sell any of the regular players of last season.
Alexis has the ability to fit into any squad and in teams like Arsenal and Tottenham he will be nothing short of their offensive lynchpin. Last season, the former Udinese man, scored 11 and assisted 13 for Barcelona in 46 matches. While Arsenal, who are looking to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool has Sanchez as an alternative; Spurs are however targeting the Chilean to replace Gareth Bale. Priced at about 30 million Euros, it is well within budget of both teams, should Sanchez decide to move on.
Gareth Bale ‘Available’ for 145 Million Euros
European Commission (EC) approved an investment worth over 145 million Euros from the Cohesion Fund in an environment project aimed at protecting the Black Sea shore in south-eastern Romania. Napoli has a total transfer budget of 125 million Euros. And yes, Daniel Levy has slapped an insane amount on Gareth Bale – 145 million Euros. Despite the ‘good’ relationship that these two clubs in white share, Levy is exasperated at Real Madrid’s continuous insistence to buy Bale. The point to be noted here in that Real Madrid also bought another prized asset from Spurs last season – Luka Modric. And more importantly, Modric hasn’t been half as influential at Madrid as he was at the White Hart Lane.
Levy has a reputation of playing hard-ball but this time he is really irked. While Bale himself has his heart set for a move to Spain, Real Madrid perhaps are desperate to get Bale to get one-up on Barcelona who recently bought Neymar. Cristiano Ronaldo, who was bought by Madrid in 2009 commanded a transfer fee of 94 million Euros (which amounts to 100.7 million Euros today, after adjusting for inflation). In the previous 3 years, he scored 23, 51 and 27 goals respectively. Juxtaposing Bale, the Spurs’ winger has 14, 14 and 31 goals respectively – certainly not up to the mark with Ronaldo. Moreover, the Portuguese played a pivotal role in United’s triumph of the UEFA Champions League. A price-tag as sizeable as the one slapped by Levy is perhaps another way of saying ‘NO’ – but it has also been seen that Real Madrid more often than not manages to sign the players they pursue, relentlessly. Perhaps it is just a matter of time, a la, Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona.
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