Hey, I don't want to lose Gareth Bale either, but I'm all for a bidding war. We heard a rumor this morning that Paris Saint-Germain are interested in entering the chase and they'll face a fun fight from Florentino Perez, to say nothing of Daniel Levy's unwillingness to sell for anything that significantly larger than the world record transfer fee. The Real Madrid president plans to personally negotiate the Bale transfer.
Perez doesn't have a Daniel Levy, David Gill or Adriano Galliani to do his bidding for him. He negotiated the Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane deals too. Obviously, the guy knows what he's doing and, as we've mentioned before, he usually gets a player if he really wants him.
He's also really good at making sure the other party in a negotiation doesn't feel like they're being bullied, mostly because he doesn't have to bully anyone. He doesn't have to get players and their agents to declare that they want to leave because they almost always want to join Madrid if he's interested in the first place. He doesn't have to shake people down because he has the money to pay world record transfer fees. He's starting off this transfer saga by being nice and respectful to Levy, because that's just the kind of dude he is.
Nevertheless, despite this admission, the Real president has also stressed that the club is eager not to upset Tottenham, whose chairman he knows well. "I met the Tottenham president, Daniel Levy, last year, and he has a duty to protect his interests", Pérez recently stated.
I'm starting to think that Perez is going to pay whatever it takes to get Bale, and Levy's going to do an excellent job sucking every last penny out of him before letting Bale go.
Or Bale could sign an extension! That would be neat!