Gareth Bale has become a talismanic figure for Tottenham Hotspurs over the past two seasons and consistent eye-catching performances this season have certainly added to his market value. There have been strong rumors that many top European clubs have become interested in the Welshman and are very keen to secure his signature next summer. Below are five candidates that would fit the bill at Spurs if the winger departs the London club.
Arjen Robben: A terrific player with the ability to play on both wings. His blistering pace and equally fantastic control over the ball would make him perfect fit for the North London club. The Dutchman has been playing Champions League football since his days at PSV Eindhoven and will likely turn down the chance to move back to London at this moment. Injuries also plagued the winger’s early career at Chelsea so the physicality of the premier league may present a tough challenge to the 28-year-old.
Franck Ribery: The other Bayern Munich winger along with Arjen Robben, who is capable of playing on both flanks with mesmerizing skill and flexibility. He would no doubt be an excellent addition to Andre Villas-Boas’ team but the player has shown tremendous commitment to Bayern and wants to end his career at the German soil.
Raheem Sterling: A very young, yet highly talented winger who has been already one of the stars of the season for Liverpool. Although he has been deployed mainly on the right flank in the Liverpool squad, he can always be taught to play on the left where Bale plays. He has a bright future but most likely it will be nurtured by Brendan Rodgers, instead of the Portuguese.
Angel Di Maria: The Argentine has transformed into one of the best wingers in modern football over the past two seasons and is known for his pinpoint crosses. This attribute can help Spurs strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe bang in the goals for Tottenham and help them climb up the league table. Pace and ball control are also strong qualities of the winger, although physicality may provide him with a challenge. Cash plus exchange with Bale options is a high possibility in future.
Jesus Nevas: A very talented winger with exceptional agility and the ability to run directly at opposing defenders, Nevas too would prove an excellent buy for any top team in Europe. However his chronic homesickness automatically rules out a move to England. The Spaniard has admitted that he suffers from homesickness and gets anxiety attacks often. He looks as if he will be hanging up his boots at Seville.