We review what the papers are saying about Spurs prized-asset.
The Daily Mail kicks us off with the news that Spurs are ready to offload half their first team squad in order to fund a new contract for the Welsh wizard.
With Bale reportedly demanding £200,000-a-week to remain at White Hart Lane, boss Andre Villas-Boas and chairman Daniel Levy are ready to swing the proverbial axe and allow up to seven top-earning players to leave this summer.
Greasy bar-owner and loan specialist David Bentley (£50,000 per week) is out of contract and certain to be released after spectacularly failing to live up to his club-record £16.5m transfer fee, while veteran mercenary William Gallas (£60,000 p/w) will also depart under freedom of contract.
Spurs will listen to offers for Emmanuel Adebayor and Benoit Assou-Ekotto – both of whom were first team regulars under Harry Redknapp but have struggled with AVB’s pressing game – and midfield fringe players Tom Huddlestone (turning circle of an oil tanker) and Jake Livermore (one England cap but terrible hair).
Heurelho Gomes (flapping Octopus prone to calamity), who has been on loan at Hoffenheim, will also be sold.
All those exits mean Spurs will save £17m a year in wages and should be able to offer Bale the big bucks he’s after. Ah, if only real life was actually like Football Manager!