Tottenham Hotspur’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League has intensified speculation that their star player Gareth Bale will leave the club in the summer, with bwin making Real Madrid the 3/1 favourites to sign the Welshman ahead of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Bale has been one of the undoubted stars of the Premier League this season, winning both the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards, along with the Football Writers’ prize, in recognition of his excellent displays.
His 21 league goals helped him to a total of 31 goals for club and country this term and his stock has risen with every brilliant strike – his latest being the superb long-range effort in yesterday’s 1-0 win over Sunderland.
But Tottenham’s failure to secure a top four finish – yesterday’s win was in vein after Arsenal won 1-0 at Newcastle to secure fourth place – has left the club with a battle to keep hold of their biggest asset, who has been linked with nearly every big club in Europe over recent months.
bwin make Real Madrid 3/1 favourites to sign Bale (although it looks as though he wouldn’t be joining Jose Mourinho next season) while Manchester United, who are reported to be long-time admirers of the Wales international, are priced up at 4/1 to secure the former Southampton man’s services despite David Moyes replacing Sir Alex Ferguson.
Manchester City, who will also have a new manager come the start of the season, are 14/1 to sign Bale, the same price as Chelsea, who according to outgoing boss Rafa Benitez will be spending big in the next transfer window.
Big-spending Bayern Munich, with Pep Guardiola in charge next season, are also 14/1, with a clutch of teams quoted at 33/1 including Italian giants Milan and Juventus, French duo Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco and La Liga winners Barcelona.
You can also bet on the unthinkable – Arsenal to be Bale’s next club – at 33/1.
Finally, if you believe that Bale will stay loyal to Tottenham – or that chairman Daniel Levy will once again prove a tough negotiator – you can back him to still be at White Hart Lane on 1st September at 17/20.