Between Arsenal and North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, the transfer news has been heavily dominated by the lot down the lane, with both very talented players coming to White Hart Lane and also the saga of the one player that everyone laps up, Gareth Bale.
Bale has been touted all summer to leave Spurs; however his push for Real Madrid still hasn’t gone through with just 3 days left in the transfer window. Sky Sports News reported yesterday that Bale had finally agreed terms with the Spanish club, whilst it’s unsure if a fee has been agreed or not. But that aside, Sky Sports News also stated that information suggested Tottenham official Daniel Levy has not sanctioned the sale of Bale to Madrid yet for two reasons.
One, so Bale can play in the North London Derby tomorrow, despite not featuring for Spurs yet. And two, so Madrid refuse to sell any of their players to Arsenal before the North London Derby! It was understood that Arsenal were in talks to sign a number of Real Madrid players, with enquiries for Angel Di Maria, Karim Benzema and Mesut Ozil, with either the respective players or their agents, talking about the rumours.
Real Madrid have reportedly made it very clear that they will be open to negotiations over these players, according to AS and Marca, but only once the transfer of Gareth Bale is secured, and so in a clever tactic that is slightly unsportsmanlike, Daniel Levy refuses to let Bale go until after the derby. Not only does this mean we won’t have any of these players for the game, but it’s also increasingly unlikely we will get them at all, with so little time left in the window.
It is a very clever tactic by Levy, although it is strewed and unsportsmanlike if you’re honest. But then again Spurs are in a powerful position where they have a lot of control. But this could also all fall back and hit Levy in the face because Perez could then make it certain that he strengthens Arsenal, in spite of Spurs’ actions.
I know this seems like an article that revolves around Spurs, and to be honest, it very much is, however it relates to Arsenal quite importantly and so I thought it would be a good debate to see what others thought on the matter.