Gareth Bale is that important to Tottenham Hotspur that if Andre Villas-Boas lets him join Real Madrid for a straight cash deal then he deserves a massive slap around the head.
Bale is a common name doing the rounds in various media sources with Spanish newspapers claiming Real Madrid will test the water with a bid of around £45 million.
However, there is a very good reason they should be willing to accept less than that figure and it comes in the shape of several Real Madrid players.
The stumbling block on this deal or the factor which could cause it to become dragged out is the likelihood that Real Madrid won’t be willing to offer any players in part exchange which is exactly what Spurs should try and secure.
Defensively Spurs would benefit from the presence and energy of a central defender such as Pepe; someone solid in the air and equally capable on the ground as spurs like to play it out from the back.
In terms of the midfield there are two obvious choices Spurs could go after; Sami Khedira and Luka Modric. Khedira, again, has that physical presence while former player Modric would give Spurs back a bit of creativity which they have been lacking.
In terms of attacking options Spurs could do a lot worse than demand winger Angel di Maria in the deal or striker Karim Benzema.
Spurs have a clear need for a striker and Benzema is certainly good enough to lead the Spurs attack alongside the other strikers at the club.
Di Maria would be vital in a Bale deal because he would go a long way to compensating for Bale’s absence and is the sort of player the club will go after anyway, even if they opt for a straight cash deal.
There are several other players who would be welcomed by Spurs but who it would be much more difficult for Spurs to demand in part exchange; Alvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos and Mesut Ozil to name just three. Not to mention Gonzalo Higuain.
If Mourinho is off there will likely be a big turnover of players as a new manager will look to bring in new stars like Bale, and Spurs should look to take advantage of that.
Either way Spurs need to try and throw their weight around because in a similar way that Manchester United originally sold Cristiano Ronaldo, they are being asked to give up their main weapon.
The effect that Bale leaving will have on Spurs is not something which can be replaced by a price tag, but only in the shape of physical players coming the other way.
Real Madrid are a very savvy club when it comes to high profile transfers and Spurs should not feel intimidated during negotiations, remember, they hold all of the power.
Spurs fans! Who would you want in part exchange?
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