New suitors in Bale pursuit

Tottenham have reportedly received bids from more than one club for Real Madrid target Gareth Bale.

Last Updated: 26/08/13 at 14:39 Post Comment

Gareth Bale: No deal agreed with Real Madrid yet

Gareth Bale: No deal agreed with Real Madrid yet

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The long-running Gareth Bale transfer saga took a fresh twist today after it emerged that Tottenham are considering a bid from another club for the Real Madrid target.

The 24-year-old has been expected to join Madrid for much of the summer but it's understood that the north London club have received an offer from at least one other club for the player.

Spurs are also thought to be dismayed with Real's conduct during the whole affair, including the club's decision to erect a stage inside the Bernabeu for Bale's unveiling, and the fact that they started selling replica shirts with the Welshman's name on the back.

There is also a feeling among the Spurs hierarchy that Real do not have the money to pay for Bale outright and they are also unimpressed with the Spanish club's current offer, which involves spreading what is expected to be a world-record fee over six years.

Bale missed Tottenham's 1-0 win over Swansea on Sunday as he had been given time off, with suggestions a trip to Spain over the weekend would have also seen him finalise details over a deal that was likely to break the world record transfer fee.

Tottenham themselves have invested heavily in players throughout the summer, breaking their own transfer record on two separate occasions, with the likes of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue moving to White Hart Lane.

But despite such an outlay on new talent the club maintain that they have not manoeuvred themselves into a position which means they need to sell Bale to recoup the money spent.

With potential fees for Bale reportedly varying from £80m to £100m, there would be few clubs other than Madrid who have the spending power to pull of a move for the winger, who was named both PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year last season.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas maintains there is a possibility Bale could even stay at White Hart Lane, where he scored 26 goals in all competitions last year as Tottenham only just missed out on a Champions League berth.

"There is interest from Real Madrid," Villas-Boas said.

"Whether the transfer will happen or not, hopefully you will have more news in the next couple of days, but at the moment there is nothing I can tell you."

With just a week of the transfer window remaining any last-minute bidders will need to move quickly to entice Bale away from his seemingly preferred move to Madrid, whose own actions could potentially scupper what appeared to be a done deal.


Sky Bet Free Bet Club: £10 free bet then £5 free every week


More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

he thing is, footballers are role models, and children are influenced by them. I watched the Chelsea game with my 6 year old, and at school the next day she stamped on Emre Can.

megabrow (cufc)
Diego Costa: The Patron Saint Of S**thousery

Y

et again Barcelona try to convince the world that they only play the most virtuous of football. I've never seen a team so willing and able to dish out lumps but feel so self-righteous that no opposition player should ever have the audacity to tackle them.

charsmatcengma
Enrique hauls Neymar to safety

I

d love to see a United v Liverpool FA cup final. It would certainly fit the narrative. Obv I'd want the ending to be one of an O.G. and tears as he collects his runner-up medal.

GVMUFC
Gerrard Constantly Searching For That Final Hurrah

Footer 365

Transfer news: Andre Schurrle nears Chelsea exit after agreeing personal terms with Wolfsburg

Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle is closing on a move back to Germany after agreeing to personal terms with Wolfsburg.

Premier League: Roberto Mancini could make a return to English football

Roberto Mancini has not ruled out a return to Manchester City in the future.

Premier League: Daniel Sturridge sure Steven Gerrard will manage Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge is convinced Steven Gerrard will eventually return to Anfield as Liverpool manager.

Mail Box

It's A Massive, Big, Brilliant Mailbox

And we left lots of Suarez/Costa mails unopened. What we do have is a video of some rotten Suarez tackles and views on the future of football, Spurs, Liverpool and...

But Biting Doesn't Hurt Like Stamping...

There are Liverpool fans arguing that Luis Suarez is nowhere near Diego Costa's sh*t-house league but we have plenty of love for the agitator too. Oh and Spurs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company