Real eyeing Spurs star Bale.
Gareth Bale is the top target for Spainsh giants Real Madrid next summer, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
Bale, 23, has established himself as one of the most coveted players in world football with his performances for Tottenham over the past three seasons and the Wales international has long been linked with a move to Barcelona or Real.
The former Southampton star is under contract at White Hart Lane until 2016 but has hinted in the past that he wants to play Champions League football and is open to the possibility of moving abroad.
Balague believes that Bale is unlikely to force his current employer’s hand – as playmaker Luka Modrid did this summer – if Los Blancos express an interest, meaning the Spaniards may have to cough up around £60m to prize Bale from Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s grasp.
The two clubs signed a strategic partnership in the summer, following Modric’s £32m move from North London to the Bernebeu, but Spurs have denied the agreement entitles Real to first option on Bale.
Here is the tweet in question by Spanish football expert and Sky Sports guru Guillem Balague. The Spaniard, who reportedly has strong links to Real, believes Los Blancos have made Spurs winger Gareth Bale their top target for next summer.
It is hard to see Bale sticking around at White Hart Lane for another season, particularly if the club fail to secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification this term.
The Welshman has established himself as one of the finest wingers in world football, with his fabulous delivery surpassed only by his raw pace and power.
There is barely a weakness to the 23-year-old’s game – barring perhaps a surprising reluctance to use his right foot – and he proved against Southampton at the weekend that, like Ronaldo, he is just as good in the air as he is on the deck.
Balague believes that Bale is unlikely to demand an exit in the same way that Luka Modric did last summer, meaning Real may have to pay a staggering £60m for his services.
The money would be a major boost to Spurs, who are saving cash to fund a new stadium but the North Londoners would struggle to fina replacement of similar quality, particularly with wages at White Hart Lane rigidly capped until the new ground is built.
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