Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Not for the first time this summer, Gareth Bale finds himself on the front cover of Madrid-based sports daily AS who suggest Real Madrid’s interest in the Spurs star is far from over.
Tottenham are set to offer Gareth Bale a new deal, worth double his current contract, according to AS. So, in place of earning 4.5 million euros a season, the Welsh forward will be on 9 million euros per campaign.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has played hardball in initial discussions with Real Madrid, asking for 100 million euros to sign Bale but president Florentino Perez is expected to fight hard until the end of the summer transfer window.
Bale’s current contract at Spurs runs until 2016 and if he were to accept the new deal on offer, he would move close to pay parity with the likes of Eden Hazard, Wayne Rooney and Yaya Toure in the Premier League.
Real Madrid were encouraged by a recent Esquire interview where Bale said he “prefers La Liga” but they know he will not hand in a transfer request at White Hart Lane.
The Spanish giants will be in England this weekend, for a friendly with Bournemouth and hope to hold discussions with Spurs in London, according to AS.
Florentino Perez is determined to sign Bale as a “Galactico” and the club have held back the number 11 shirt in preparation for his arrival.
Meanwhile, reports in the English press this Thursday morning claim Manchester United have launched a 60 million pound bid for Bale.