Real Madrid set for summer swoop for Bale.
Tottenham are bracing themselves to lose Gareth Bale in the summer, according to The Sunday Express.
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Spurs chairmen Daniel Levy is reportedly resigned to losing the player to Real Madrid, who are long-term admirers of the Welshman.
The London club have reportedly slapped a £55 million price tag on the player however, and so it remains to be seen whether the Spanish giants will be willing to meet such a valuation.
Madrid boss, Jose Mourinho, reportedly rates the player nearer to £35 million but Levy is a famously tough negotiator when it comes to securing high transfer fees for the club’s players.
The two clubs enjoy a good working relationship, having completed the summer sale of Modric to Madrid in the summer for a fee believed to be in the region of £32 million, and also went on to agree a partnership whereby the clubs will play regular pre-season friendlies against each other, loan players as well as develop commercial links.
That will not persuade Spurs to part with Bale cheaply however, and they will surely demand a fee that would break the transfer record for a British player that saw Liverpool bring former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll to Anfield for £35 million. It may even break the record outright should the fee rise above the £50 million Chelsea shelled out for Fernando Torres.
It is not clear how the deal might be affected were Mourinho to switch clubs in the summer. The former Chelsea boss has enjoyed a frayed relationship with club this year after a string of poor performances in the league.
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