Barcelona have pin-pointed Tottenham ace Gareth Bale as their primary transfer target and are set to offer £35 million for the Welsh prodigy. According to the ‘Daily Mirror’, Barca coach Pep Guardiola sent chief scout Albert Valentine to observe the Welsh star during Spurs’ win at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
It’s hard to criticise the Barcelona team but if you had to find one weakness it would be in their left back department. With Abidal aging and yet to sign a new contract, and Maxwell and Adriano perceived as weak links, Pep has targeted Bale as the potential player to fill that role. Reports in Spain say that Guardiola is keen to land the Welsh wizard which will result in Spurs having to face another stern battle to keep hold of one of their most prized assets.
In summer Tottenham fought strongly to keep hold of Chelsea target Luka Modric, but Barcelona are a different opposition- just ask Arsenal fans. Once Barca declare any sort of interest in you it is very hard to just ignore that. Bale rose to fame after he produced an individual piece of Wizardry against Inter Milan in last year’s Champions League. He stunned not only Italy but the rest of Europe when he decimated one of the world’s best right backs Maicon.
The Spanish giants believe that with Dani Alves on the right-side and Bale on the left-side, along with the vast array of talent in the offensive areas, they would be the so called ‘Dream Team’. A team with Messi, Villa, Iniesta, Fabregas, Xavi, Busquets, Dani Alvez, Puyol, Pique and Bale would send shivers down anyone’s spine.
It wouldn’t have done Spurs fans any good that Bale scored and set up a goal during their 3-1 win over Fulham while Barca’s chief scout was watching. The only hope that we have is that Bale does seem to be enjoying life with Spurs, he has signed a new contract up until 2015 so it would take a substantial offer to prize the 22-year-old to the Nou Camp. We cannot also forget that Barcelona are supposedly in a financial crisis yet they always manage a way to spend big for world class players.