Late on Sunday night, stories began to emerge suggesting that Spurs had slapped a £100m price tag on Gareth Bale – effectively a ‘hands off’ price to anyone interested in taking the Welshman off our hands this summer.
Whether those reports were true or not, it may be naïve not to accept that the forthcoming transfer window is the time that the club’s resolve will be fully tested by Real Madrid – or anyone else – and an official approach may well be made irrespective of whether we qualify for the Champions League.
There may be a choice of suitors but Real remain in the frame and with that alleged transfer fee continuing to rise, there is increasing talk of a player plus cash approach. Gonzalo Higuain was the most recent suggestion but the press today are claiming that Spanish under 21 international Jose Callejon is more likely to be offered as the makeweight.
However, looking at both players there really is no comparison other than the fact that they both play on the wing. Callejon is 26 and hasn’t broken into the Spanish national side while 75 games for Real have yielded 18 goals.
That ratio may be healthy but compared to Bale’s it – well, it just doesn’t compare – and if Real Madrid really are offering Jose Callejon as part of any proposed deal, they may need to find the best part of that £100m to go with it.