The talismanic midfielder has been in immense form this season and impressed with outstanding performances against some of Europe’s elite.
As a result, his value has sky-rocketed and transfer speculation has been rife. Bids of £50million have been touted for the Welsh international but Spurs appear unwilling to sell.
Reports from Italy have linked Bale with moves to Juventus and Inter Milan but now Italian coach, Mancini, has declared his admiration for the 21-year-old.
“Last year Bale had already proved his value but his career had not yet taken off,” Mancini told Tuttosport.
“Now you would need a lot of money. He is a very expensive player. Certainly, Juve with Bale would gain a lot.
“Moreover, what is certain is that if Tottenham decides to put him on the market, Bale would be the strongest target in the summer.
“Perhaps he is the only player who is not a striker that can make a difference. Without him, Tottenham loses 50 per cent of their potential.”
Money-rich City would certainly have the resources to finance a monster bid for the winger come the summer, but it would be unlikely that Spurs would opt to sell to a Premier League club. The Welsh International also has another three and a half years remaining on his contract too, allowing Tottenham to price their talisman out of the market.
Bale’s future may depend on the future success of Spurs, if the club do not start to deliver silverware, the speedy winger may look elsewhere for success. However, the 21-year-old has also declared that he has ‘no interest’ in leaving Tottenham and insists that he is happy at White Hart Lane.
With City wingers winning all the plaudits down at Eastlands, it may be hard to see why Mancini would make a move for Bale. That said, should an opportunity arise where they could purchase the in-form midfielder, the City boss may find it too tempting a prospect to turn down.
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