Over the weekend, news emerged that Spanish giant Real Madrid have stepped up their interest in Tottenham Hotspur forward Gareth Bale as reports suggests they will offer a record £85m for the Welshman.
Meanwhile Spurs chairman Daniel Levy remains adamant that the 24-year-old will not be sold this summer, despite the Welshman indicating his willingness to speak with the Los Merengues.
Bale, who has three years left in his contract, has always dreamt of playing for the Madrid club and would want to explore their interest.
His agent Jonathan Barnett told a Spanish television show in May that his client would be honoured by Real’s interest. With the news of an impending world record bid, the player’s camp this weekend told top figures at Spurs of their clients wish to talk with his suitor.
Real are yet to submit a formal written offer but such could come up in the coming week, at which point Spurs’ resolve to keep last season’s PFA and young player of the year would be put to test.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas disclosed on Friday that contracts talks were ongoing but refused to answer questions on Bale’s situation.