There has been conflicting reports on the proposed world record move for Welsh winger, Gareth Bale, from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid as the transfer now appears imminent.
The London club is presently considering a separate offer in addition to Real’s £86m bid for the 24-year-old forward, sources at White Hart Lane revealed to Sky Sports and the BBC Sport.
The identity of the second suitor has not been made public but Manchester United have touted the Welshman throughout the summer.
Bale spent two days at Jonathan Barnett’s (his agent) apartment in Marbella over the weekend and manager Andre Villas-Boas said after Sunday’s narrow home victory over Swansea that the player is expected back to the club’s training ground on Tuesday to resume a fitness programme.
However, Bale’s career with Spurs looks to be winding down with Real considered in pole position to land the Welshman, but Spurs haven’t confirmed any agreement.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy signed off the staggering move for the PFA Player of the Year following talks with directors in the boardroom at White Hart Lane.
(Daniel) Levy, along with Bernett and (Franco, Spurs’ football director) Baldini thrashed out terms with (Florentino, Madrid president) Perez last week. The last act will be played out when Levy and Perez sign a final formal document, but that is seen as a formality … reports the Daily Mail.
Reports also suggests that Spurs have approached Chelsea about buying a replacement for their outgoing midfielder since the deal to include Real’s left-back Fabio Coentrao as part of the package, fell through. Roma’s Eric Lamela has also being lined up as a possible replacement for the Bale.
Bale, who joined Tottenham for £10m in 2007 from Southampton, scored 26 goals last season on the way to claiming double gongs in the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year and the PFA Young Player of the Year, capped with the Footballer Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year.
Madrid have already recruited Spanish midfielder Asier Illaramendi from Real Sociedad for £34m and Isco from Malaga for £23m, bringing their total spending this summer in excess of £50m.
Having lost out of the race to sign Willian to Chelsea, Spurs are however not happy with the Stamford Bridge club’s insistence on not letting one of their attackers move the other way round, even when the (unmentioned) attacker wouldn’t want to play second fiddle to the incoming Anzhi Mahkachkala’s attacking midfielder.