Well, Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp won’t be pleased with this.
Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City boss, has described Spurs flying winger Gareth Bale, as the biggest transfer target for top European clubs this summer.
Furthermore, the City boss believes that the sale of the Welshman, whose emergence this season has been simply staggering, would mean that Spurs would lose “50 per cent” of their attacking power.
Bale’s form this campaign has put the European powerhouses on red alert – his hat-trick at the San Siro against Internazionale, followed by his demolition of Inter’s Brazilian right-back Maicon in the return at White Hart Lane the two standout moments – that he may be a genuine world-class performer, capable of standing out in any side.
And the City boss, a club for whom money is certainly no object, is a known admirer, as are Italian giants Juventus.
“You would need a lot of money,” Mancini, told Tuttosport, the Italian newspaper.
“Juve with Bale would gain a lot. What is certain is that if Tottenham put him on the market, Bale would be the strongest target in the summer.
“Perhaps [Bale] is the only player who is not a striker that can make a difference.
“Without him, Tottenham lose 50 per cent of their potential.”
Editor’s Comment: Now, tapping up a player is one thing – we all know it’s wrong, but it happens, let’s not kid ourselves.
However, talking about a player in conjunction with another team, that you have no dealings with, well that’s just clever.
Seems like an intelligent ploy by the City boss to unsettle his Champions League-chasing rivals star player.
Whether it’ll work, only time, and the performances of the Welshman, will tell.