The better Gareth Bale gets, the more rumours of a summer departure start to appear. Today has seen talk of an £80 million approach from Real Madrid at the end of the season as the Welshman continues to defy superlatives while his form seems to improve all the time.
Talk of a departure will also lead to a host of rumours about a successor and one of the earliest names in the frame is that of French Under 21 winger Antoine Griezmann. The left sided player is 22 next month and despite his French allegiance, has been at Real Sociedad for his entire professional career.
Griezmann has an impressive scoring record from his wide position and has netted 23 times in 120 league matches in Spain. Reports suggest that he is improving all the time and two recent goals in La Liga are believed to have put some top European Clubs on alert.
Griezmann could be available for £8 million which is small change compared to Bale’s reported fee. Rumours of a successor are likely to gain momentum now but in reality, there is only one Gareth Bale – but is he irreplaceable?