£86m clearly not a lot of money to some people.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez claims that Gareth Bale’s arrival from Tottenham Hotspur for £86m this summer was a bargain, the Daily Star reports.
Spurs have remained adamant that they received a world record £86m fee, but the Spanish giants are claiming that the actual fee was around £7m less, therefore keeping him behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the rankings for world’s most expensive player.
And the Club’s president Florentino Perez has said that whatever price was paid; it was still cheap.
“Bale has come cheaply. Signing the best players out there is Madrid’s philosophy and Bale was the best available player on the market this summer,” he said.
“We had been following him for two years. Tottenham did not want to sell. We learned that Manchester United had made an offer and we made one ourselves.”
The 24-year-old Welshman is set to make his home debut this weekend against cross city neighbours Atletico after recovering from a thigh injury that ruled him out of last Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Getafe and the midweek clash with Elche.
Bale notched a goal on his debut in the 2-2 draw with Villarreal and set up a Cristiano Ronaldo goal in the 6-1 thumping of Galatasaray in the Champions League last week.