At first glance it would seem to be pretty unlikely for Arsenal to make the Real Madrid and Wales international star Gareth Bale one of the targets for the summer transfer window, but when you look into it a bit more then perhaps it is not such a crazy idea after all.
Arsene Wenger has not got the reputation of splashing the cash and going after the really big name players and that is what the Welshman is, even if his struggles in the Spanish capital mean that the transfer fee would be a fair bit less than the 100 million euros Madrid paid for him. But Wenger has started to sign big money players in recent years, with the purchase of Mesut Ozil almost tripling the club transfer record.
I don´t know exactly how much the boss is going to have to spend this summer but our financial situation is strong and the great exchange rate could mean that a little over £60 million might do the trick. Then there is the Tottenham factor, but in an interview with the Spanish media earlier this year, reported by The Mirror, Bale admitted to having been an Arsenal fans growing up.
The pressure on Bale at his current club is growing, with the Daily Mail now reporting that his team mates are unhappy about his lack of fluency in Spanish as well as his struggle for form on the pitch. His agent’s claim that the Madrid players are not passing to his client will not have helped either.
It does look as though Bale’s time at the Bernabeu could be up and there have been transfer rumours linking him with a return to the Premier League with Chelsea or Man United. But why not Arsenal? That is one transfer that would really send out a statement of intent to our rivals!