Your claim that he is a limited player is inaccurate and the players I mention were not the only ones, not to mention, I am sure 2 years in La Masia, the supposedly best training academy would make him a better player no? What you see of Bale is not necessarly all he has to offer, and when I said he is more of a Maicon, I meant he quite a good full back. Abidal was pretty much shit but he came good, the same hero you praise at a much later stage. There aren't many players who adjusted quickly you know? Villa, Alves and Pique are pretty much it. Henry, Ibra, Alexis, Cesc, Mascherano, Abidal, Chyg, Caceres, Adriano, Hleb, all struggled. I mean, the three names I mentioned are all pretty much La Liga trained so Jordi Alba is the best option but what does he offer you that Bale cannot besides a discounted fee? His Catalonia birthplace? Or his midget height?
I may be wrong, but I have a feeling this has a lot to do with him coming from the EPL, everyone is so defensive towards it. When it is one of the top leagues in the world whether you like it or not, and Bale's performances in big matches weren't too shabby.
Also, who the hell said you will pay 40 million? Where did you draw this number from? Rossel can work out a deal for you, you paid a ton for Alves too so I do not see why you wouldn't fork out 30 million for another full back. What is your transfer kitty anyway? 60-70-100? Bale, a defender and who else do you need? That will surely be enough for next season.
What does Tello have to do with Bale?
As for Cesc, he played some face palming matches, but your entire team was poor in general and Cesc had no position to learn. He will have enough time to adjust in the preseason.
Now that I have objectively approached the Bale purchase, I do hope you sink to the lower half of the table next season and sell half of your assets.