Jun 27, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT
Rumors have made the rounds today in England that Real Madrid is finally acting on it’s supposedly feverish wish to purchase Gareth Bale from Tottenham.
Andre Villas-Boas has held firm that Spurs will not sell Bale, no matter the price, but most – including myself – believe that’s purely a smokescreen.
Especially if the original offer is actually what’s being thrown around.
With that type of offer, it’s not out of the question (SPECULATION ALERT) that the cash offer alongside those two players would be somewhere in the £45 million ($69 million) range, considering the number thrown around originally for Bale’s value had been around £85 million ($131 million).
Of course losing Bale would be a major blow for the team he carried with 29 goals last year, but with the haul they’d get, Villas-Boas could more than make up for it.
Di Maria, while not entirely replacing Bale in terms of production, would certainly carry his weight on the wing in Bale’s stead.
Despite struggling to settle into the Real Madrid side during his time at the Bernabeu, Callejon could also contribute on the wing as well as up front in the thin Spurs attack squad.
Then comes the cash. You know what Spurs could do with that kind of money? They could buy Christian Benteke and Wayne Rooney. They could almost buy Edinson Cavani. They could buy Wesley Sneijder, Paulinho, and have £28 million to spare.
Finally, with the introduction of two new wingers in Callejon and Di Maria, that would allow Spurs to sell Gylfi Sigurddson and generate another £7 million or so.
Bale is irreplaceable, and his loss would hurt, but the haul in return would be vital for Spurs as they continue to push into the top four of the Premier League table.
Plus, don’t you all want to see Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale on either wing? Yikes.
Jul 2, 2015, 12:59 AM EDT
Japan beat the U.S. to win the 2011 World Cup. The U.S. beat Japan to win the 2012 Olympics. Round 3 takes place Sunday in the 2015 Women’s World Cup final.
Jul 2, 2015, 12:28 AM EDT
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Jul 1, 2015, 11:57 PM EDT
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Jul 1, 2015, 11:11 PM EDT
Full credit to England for an inspiring World Cup, and to Japan for getting to a second straight World Cup final.
Jul 1, 2015, 10:51 PM EDT
Three weeks from tonight are the Gold Cup semifinals, with the final on July 26 in Philadelphia.
Jul 1, 2015, 10:11 PM EDT
From Brandi Chastain and Jeb Brovsky to total strangers from England and beyond, my goodness, people are trying to console Laura Bassett.
Jul 1, 2015, 9:12 PM EDT
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Jul 1, 2015, 9:02 PM EDT
Defending champion Japan advances to second straight Women’s World Cup final.
Jul 1, 2015, 8:20 PM EDT
Big story for Dortmund, even if it’s a bit under-the-radar.
Jul 1, 2015, 7:30 PM EDT
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Jul 1, 2015, 6:45 PM EDT
England’s fairytale run to its first Women’s World Cup semifinal meets the reigning champions in Edmonton on Wednesday
Jul 1, 2015, 5:50 PM EDT
Shay Facey knows Lampard from his time at Manchester City, and wasn’t bashful in praising the situation.
Jul 1, 2015, 4:26 PM EDT
He’s the latest addition for Roberto Mancini at the San Siro, along with Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia and Granada defender Jeison Murillo.
Jul 1, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT
As we gear up for a massive Gold Cup tournament, here’s a look at the superstars who will be on show in the United States of America.
Jul 1, 2015, 2:20 PM EDT
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Jul 1, 2015, 1:50 PM EDT
USWNT legend Wambach joins the Dan Patrick show to preview the Women’s World Cup final.
Jul 1, 2015, 1:15 PM EDT
Can the Three Lionesses cause another upset to set up a clash with the USA in the final?
Jul 1, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT
Colombian forward is inching towards a move to Stamford Bridge.
Jul 1, 2015, 11:50 AM EDT
After giving away a PK in a pivotal moment of the USWNT’s World Cup semifinal, Johnston thanked her teammates for their support.
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