Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has stated that he believes Spurs should try to convince Real Madrid star Gareth Bale to rejoin them this Summer, though financing the deal may be beyond Tottenham’s capabilities.
While discussing rumours linking the Welsh international with a move to Manchester United on The Debate, SkySports PremierLeague’s new talk-show, Wright suggested that it should be Tottenham trying to sign the winger, not Manchester United.
However, the former Arsenal man did go on to admit that Spurs under any circumstances would struggle to finance re-signing Bale, who spent 6 years at the club from 2007-2013 before leaving for, what was at the time, a world record fee of roughly £86 million. He said:
“I threw something out about him going to Spurs the other day. I’ve since been reading how much he’s earning at Real Madrid and it’s around £360,000-a-week net. I think even Manchester United would really have to make ends meet to manage that.”
“But going back to Spurs, they could sell him the dream of the new stadium and playing with the team they have assembled. Would Daniel Levy do it? Everybody I’ve spoken to has said, ‘No he would not’.”
“But they could sell him the dream of being the last piece of the puzzle? Winning the Premier League with Tottenham would be far better for Gareth than winning it with Manchester United.”
“I see Man Utd winning it in the next couple of years but Tottenham need that kind of signing to take them into that realm.”
In agreement with ex-striker Wright, who scored over 100 goals for Arsenal across a 7 year spell, new SkySports pundit Alan Pardew claimed that Spurs need a Bale-esque signing to add the depth they need to win the league.
“If Tottenham can keep everybody in their starting XI fit they could win the league,” He added. “Unfortunately for Spurs, outside of that XI is not their strength. The 12th, 13th, 14th player needs to be stronger.”
“If you brought Gareth Bale in suddenly one of those starters drops to the bench and it looks a lot better.”
“I think it will not happen but I would not put it past Manchester United. They have the structure, the history and more importantly the finances. But I can’t see him ending up at Tottenham.”
Do you think Bale will find a new club this Summer? Also, what’s your favourite Gareth Bale moment from his Spurs career? Mine’s the last minute screamer he hit at Upton Park to win us the game. Loved his celebration, jumping straight into AVB’s arms.
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