Real Madrid’s willingness to smash the world transfer record to sign Gareth Bale has been football’s biggest talking point this week with reports indicating the Spanish giants are prepared to spend as much as 100 million euros to recruit him from Tottenham.
Spending such a vast amount - which works out as £87.3 million in British money – has led to debates over football’s inflationary transfer market and the true value of the Wales winger, who admittedly had a stunning season for Spurs in 2012-13.
Bale might be the reigning PFA Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year and Footballer of the Year, but is he worth £87.3m? Is any player worth quite that much, Lionel Messi aside?
To put Bale’s eye-watering valuation into perspective, Eurosport have pieced together a theoretical XI comprising other players who have moved clubs this summer, with the team’s total value coming in at just under what Madrid are apparently willing to pay for the Spurs star.
That makes a grand total of £86.7 million.