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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Tottenham must use Real Madrid partnership – if Gareth Bale goes or not


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Tottenham and Real Madrid are once more locked in a struggle for a White Hart Lane player that has ambitions of switching to the Spanish giants. When Luka Modric made the move to the Santiago Bernabeu last summer, the two sides struck up a working partnership, which to date Spurs have not used to any benefit.

Obviously the north London club are eager to keep Bale at the club, and will do everything in their power to fight off the advances of Carlo Ancelotti’s men. However, should Spurs find themselves backed into a corner, similar to what happened in the case of Modric, the so-far illusionary partnership should be in Daniel Levy’s thoughts.

Should Bale make his desire to move to Madrid clear, Spurs would be advised to look for a part-exchange deal. It is all well and good that Madrid may well be willing to pay up to £100 million for Bale, which would be a fantastic financial boost for Tottenham, but the partnership with Madrid could well be worth more than money.

If Bale leaves, it goes without saying that he will be very difficult to replace. However, Spurs have the chance to strengthen through bringing players to White Hart Lane from the Spanish giants as part of the Bale deal.

Reports in Spain state that Fabio Coentrao and Angel Di Maria could even be included in the deal to persuade Tottenham to sell. A part-exchange deal including these two world-class international players would be much more positive than cash-only terms.

Without Champions League football to act as an attraction for potential new players, Spurs are limited in bringing in the big names that can strengthen the squad. Without having the Bale deal in place, Tottenham would have no chance of signing the likes of Di Maria or Coentrao.

Whether this duo would be willing to move to north London remains to be seen, however Tottenham should be looking to strengthen their squad through their link with Madrid, whether Bale moves or not. Di Maria and Coentrao would be fantastic additions, with the Argentine a perfect replacement for Bale should he be sold.

Tottenham should be looking to take out-of-favour or young prospects on loan from Madrid, or bring them to White Hart Lane permanently. When Madrid were selling the likes of Raul Albiol and Jose Callejon to Napoli, where were Spurs? Could Spurs have made an effort to sign Gonzalo Higuain to solve their striker dilemma?

Out-of-favour players such as Kaka could bring experience and creativity to Tottenham, while the likes of Alvaro Morata would bring a potency and additional striking option to Andre Villas-Boas’ squad.

Whether the partnership was a ruse from Madrid to ensure Modric and latterly Bale moved to the Santiago Bernabeu or not, Tottenham need to use it for their benefit. Since last summer when the agreement was reached, the English side have not used the deal to any advantage. Whether Bale is sold to the Spaniards this summer or not, Tottenham need to take advantage of the situation they find themselves in.

Gareth McKnight is the Premier League transfers editor at Soccerlens.

Calling all Spurs fans: Do you think the deal, cash plus players, is too good to turn down? How much would you take to let Bale leave? Which Madrid players would you like in exchange? Whatever your view we'd love to hear from you. 

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