EXCLUSIVE: How Arsenal can help Barca buy Bale
Published 22:31 07/02/12 By John Cross
Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is planning a major shake-up to help launch a full-scale attempt to sign Gareth Bale this summer.
Guardiola has put Tottenham flyer Bale at the top of his transfer wish-list, ahead of Valencia’s Jordi Alba and AC Milan defender Thiago Silva. They are also keen to land Brazilian superstar Neymar to strengthen their forward line.
Barca are ready to offload 20-year-old forwards Isaac Cuenca and Cristian Tello and midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos, 21, to help fund the move for Bale and are also willing to propose a players-plus-cash deal.
They are prepared to listen to offers from England similar to the buy-back deal which took Oriol Romeu to Chelsea in the summer.
Arsenal are watching developments on Cuenca and Tello, while Chelsea are keeping tabs on all three youngsters.
Tottenham insist that Bale is not for sale, but may be facing a major battle to fend off interest from the European champions.