LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Gareth Bale of Spurs runs with the ball during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Remember a month or so ago when Gareth Bale was making noise about a future move to Barcelona? The Daily Mail (I know, I know) believes Bale will be Barca's top target this summer and he'll slot in as their leftback if Dani Alves is to be believed. However, a new contender has emerged: Paris Saint-Germain.
You remember PSG. They're sort of a nouveau-riche club, though one with a good resume of domestic success. New investment from Qatar Investment Authority saw the club spend big over the summer (€43 million for Javier Pastore) and now they may be in for Bale or at least according to the Welsh winger's agent. This move is probably unrealistic, even if Tottenham Hotspur fail to qualify for the Champions League. Maybe I'm crazy, but I feel like Bale is only going to leave for one of the elite clubs in Spain or Italy, no matter how much money PSG throw at him.
In other France and Spurs related news, some website that I've never heard of (perhaps theroosevelts can enlighten me) has said that Tottenham might be interested in purchasing Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris. Lloris is 25 and under contract with OL until 2015. He won't come cheap, with the aforementioned blog quoting a £15 million asking price, which is, to me, excessive for a keeper. Lloris has 31 caps for France and has been tested at some of the highest levels in club competition. He'd be a great acquisition, but not realistic.
The problem with players like Lloris and, my personal favorite, Igor Akinfeev are that they're expensive. Quality keepers can be had for much less than £10 million. Swansea's Michel Vorm cost £1.5 million and Wigan's Ali Al-Habsi cost £4 million. Splashing out double-figures on a GK is, in my eyes, not a sound business strategy.