According to Guillem Balague, Jose Mourinho – not content with luring £33million Luka Modric to the Santiago Bernabeu – has reportedly set his sights on the acquisition of the 23-year-old Welshman.
The full-back-turned-winger is understood to be happy playing his football at White Hart Lane, but the allure of a move to the Spanish champions may prove to be enough to temp him away from the North Londoners.
Bale transferred to Spurs from Southampton in 2007 for an initial fee of £7million, and is now valued somewhere in the region of a gigantic £60million. That is the fee Mourinho will have to pay if he intends to secure the services of one of the best players in the world.
New Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is understandably desperate to keep his best player but a fee of such gargantuan proportions might provide enough compensation that he could conceivably let the player join his compatriot at Madrid, however reluctantly.
To compound speculations that Bale will leave in the summer – rumours have circulated that a deal between the two clubs, including the sale of Modric, already entitles Madrid to the ‘first dibs’ on Spurs’ player. But, Tottenham Hotspur have rigorously denied these rumours.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague wrote,
“Gareth Bale is the number one target for Los Blancos.” The Spaniard has been proven correct on a number of occasions with transfer rumours being his speciality.
“It doesn’t mean he will go to Madrid,” Balague continued.
“All it means is that Mourinho wants even more pace upfront, a new weapon, and he thinks Bale is on the way to become as complete a forward as Ronaldo.”
Bale has made 170 appearances for Spurs and scored an impressive 32 goals from the left flank.
He is one of the fastest players on the continent and has demonstrated impeccable finishing quality since being converted into a winger.
“Bale will surely not behave as Modric did, forcing Spurs to sell him. That will not happen,” claimed the insider.
“Real will have to offer something close to the money Spurs will want for him…£60 million.”
Only time will tell if Balague’s predictions realize but Spurs will surely find it harder and harder to keep their world-class Welshman at the club – he will being playing in white next season. But will he still be playing at White Hart Lane?
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