Gareth Bale’s protracted move from Spurs to Real Madrid looks a step nearer to fruition after Tottenham’s admission that the inclusion of Alvaro Morata in a prospective deal could prove especially persuasive, with the striker now 11/50 to join Los Merengues.
The Spanish Under-21 striker’s value would push the value of the transfer towards £100m, well clear of the current world record fee. If the move goes through, the 6/5 about a La Liga title for Carlo Ancelotti’s men could look generous, whilst the 17/10 on offer for Tottenham to grab a top four finish would be unappealing.
Whether such a move will work out positively for the Welshman is anybody’s guess but perhaps the five most expensive players in the history of the game – with a season at the purchasing club under their belts – can offer some insight…
5 Fernando Torres – Liverpool to Chelsea – £50m
The incisiveness that had reduced Nemanja Vidic in his pomp to a borderline catatonic state on more than one occasion during his Liverpool days has largely been missing since his arrival at Chelsea. ‘El Nino’ has managed no more than 8 league goals in each of his two completed campaigns at Stamford Bridge.
4 Luis Figo – Barcelona to Real Madrid – £52m
A controversial move which signalled the beginning of Real’s ‘Galactico’ era, Figo played a key part in the side which won consecutive league titles and was later voted into the club’s all-time overseas XI by readers of Marca.
3 Kaka – Milan to Real Madrid – £56m
The Brazilian arrived at Real as one of the highest rated midfielders in the world, but he’s become increasingly peripheral since surgery to a long standing knee injury early on in his time at Santiago Bernabeu and managed only 12 league starts last term.
2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Inter to Barcelona – £59m
Zlatan amassed five winner’s medals for his King Midas-like collection, but lasted just one season in Catalunya, with his Machiavellian methodology rubbing tiki taka prophet Josep Guardiola up the wrong way.
1 Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United to Real Madrid – £80m
Ronaldo was already a force of nature when he left Old Trafford for his “dream club” and the challenge of trying to keep up with Lionel Messi has seen him score virtually a goal a game in all four of his seasons in Madrid.