We know Gareth Bale’s good – but he’s surely not worth quite as much as that…
Tottenham Hotspur will demand a world-record bid of above £80m, plus Croatian midfielder Luka Modric for Gareth Bale, according to The Daily Mirror.
Luka Modric left White Harte Lane last summer to join Real Madrid after Spurs continually denied that they would sell the player. The Croatian cost Los Blancos £33m, meaning if they were to use to lure Spurs into a Bale deal, the Welshman would have cost them a crazy £110m altogether.
Manchester United are reportedly also chasing Modric, but Real Madrid would much rather use him as bait in the deal to bring the Welshman to Spain.
Tricky midfielder Modric shone at Spurs, but his return would only go a small way to appeasing Spurs fans if the club do let Bale go.
It is not yet known whether such a deal will seem attractive to Real Madrid, but their relentless pursuit of Bale shows no sign of stopping despite Tottenham’s original ambition to keep the player. Quite rightly, the London club are asking for fees verging on the ludicrous, but the comments coming from the Madrid camp infer that the Spaniards will stop at nothing to get their man.
Iker Casillas continued the repeated public praise of the 24-year-old flyer, by declaring that he Bale is already one of the very best in Europe.
“We are talking about one of the top three or four best players in Europe and it’s normal that his name is being discussed because he has all the qualities a footballer needs,” Casillas claimed, who will be starting on goal for Real Madrid this term.
“Every transfer is controversial in its own way, for better or worse, but we are speaking about a very good, decisive player.”
Real Madrid have proven time and time again that they inevitably sign the players they target. In 2000 they lured Luis Figo from Barcelona in a world-record deal, doing the same in the past decade with Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus and Manchester United respectively.
Unfortunately for Spurs fans, it seems that Bale is simply the next in a long line of future Real Madrid world-record transfers.
Tottenham will be able to use the astronomical fee to reinvest heavily in the team – but irritatingly for the north Londoners, clubs in Europe will be very aware of their improved financial situation, and hike prices as a result.
European deals for star strikers Falcao and Edinson Cavani of £50m and above have so far been this summer’s monster transfer-fees, but a deal for Bale would seemingly dwarf even these.