away from the civility of The Ashes for a moment, the madness of football transfer season would seem to dominate sports headlines. bonkers rumours and stranger actual bids are all over the place.
the most interesting, or from another perspective the most tiresome, is Gareth Bale moving to Real Madrid. the latest rumours have it as being that a bid of £81 million (!) by Real has been rejected by Spurs, and an impossible to turn down £95 million (!!!) bid will be on the way from Madrid to Spurs in the next few days. i believe that will see him sold, since that will be a world record bid i believe. well, if successful - Manchester City famously waved £100 million (!!!!!) in the direction of Kaka but got turned down.
Gareth Bale has of course impressed many over the last two seasons. he is a fantastic player. he has not, however, always been seen that way. observe, if you will, this article from a mere 5 years ago.
yes, that's right, my beloved Boro nearly had the double whammy of signing Bale and getting rid of Downing for money in one go. that Harry Redknapp at any stage thought this to be a good idea tells you everything you need to know of why he is presently at QPR and not in the England job.
if that deal had gone through, just imagine how much Bale would be worth now after some brilliant tactical coaching from Gareth Southgate.
i'll leave you to ponder that one.
be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!