Real willing to pay top dollar to bring Bale to the Santiago Bernabeu, admits Zidane.
Real Madrid sporting director Zinedine Zidane says the Spanish giants will not baulk at paying up to £60m for Tottenham star Gareth Bale.
The French legend described Bale, who was crowned double PFA Player of the Year on Monday, as ‘unique’ earlier this month and his latest comments will further fuel speculation that Real are set to bid for the 23-year-old this summer.
“After the season he has just had — and still being so young of course Gareth Bale is going to be one of the most expensive players in the world if he decides to move,” Zidane is quoted as saying by The Sun.
“Tottenham could command £40m, £50m, maybe even £60m for him. It is a lot of money — but there are maybe three or four teams in the world that can pay that sort of transfer fee — and it won’t put them off.
“They would be getting the best player in Europe this season — and he is at an age where he can still play at the top for another 10 years.”
Bale has been on stunning form for Tottenham this season, almost single-handedly keeping the club in the hunt for a top four finish with 19 Premier League goals.
“What I like about him is that he has this electric pace — but also a big footballing brain to go with it. That is very rare,” continued the World Cup winner.
“A player like Bale can be the difference between a big club winning the league or Champions League.”
Speculation is rife that Bale will quit White Hart Lane in the summer if Spurs fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League. The north Londoners currently sit fifth, two points behind neighbours Arsenal but with a game in hand over the Gunners.
Spurs signed a strategic partnership with the La Liga giants last summer, after agreeing to sell Luka Modric to Real for £24m.