Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes Gareth Bale could be the “strongest target” for a host of top European clubs if Tottenham choose to cash in on their prized asset in the summer.
Reports in Italy have stated that Juventus are keen to bring Welsh international Bale to Serie A after making an impact in Europe this season, scoring a hat-trick against Inter in the Champions League.
And City boss Mancini believes the Italian giants would take a great leap in quality if they were to sign the 21-year-old from the north London club.
"Last year Bale had already proved his value but his career had not yet taken off,” Mancini told Turin sport newspaper Tuttosport.
"Now you would need a lot of money [to sign him]. He is a very expensive player. Certainly, Juve with Bale would gain a lot.
"Moreover, what is certain is that if Tottenham decides to put him on the market, Bale would be the strongest target in the summer.
"Perhaps he [Bale] is the only player who is not a striker that can make a difference. Without him, Tottenham loses 50 per cent of their potential."