Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez are priceless to their clubs, but with the sharks circling both may have to accept that their sale is inevitable.
Usually I would refrain from sharing my thoughts on mere speculation, but I think there’s something far more interesting about the rumours circulating this summer that I just can’t ignore.My silence was ultimately broken by the unavoidable price tag slapped on Gareth Bale’s head.
In my (most likely biased) opinion it is a ridiculous sum of money for a player who has not even come close to levelling himself with Cristiano Ronaldo, however I don’t want this to turn into some sort of blind rant, so I’m going to try and logically assess how clubs come to these astronomical evaluations.
Firstly, £85 million? If I were Spurs I’d be biting Madrid’s hands off. Fair enough they’d lose one of the best players in the league, but with that kind of money they could form a much stronger team. Ibrahimovic, a couple of world-class wingers and a centre back would make them a far greater threat and they’d no longer be reliant on an individual. That’s the argument though. For Tottenham to fill the void of the Welsh midfielder, they’d have to purchase all of that talent.
That’s not to say that he’s actually worth that transfer fee, and I’m not saying he’s worth less either. He’s worth whatever the club need to equal or slightly improve on their current level of performance.
The same can be said for Luis Suarez. He too is worth the entire cost of his team-mates and on that basis is priceless to Liverpool. From a Chelsea perspective Juan Mata and Eden Hazard are also irreplaceable. I wouldn’t sell either of them for £100 million at this moment in time because they’re quite simply our best players.
So it seems that financial fair play has not only failed to change the mentality of big spending clubs, but it has also forgotten the basic principle that the best players cannot be reasonably priced.