A look at the what the leading print media say about Gareth Bale’s future.
The trio all report that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy met Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez in Miami on Tuesday night (Levy owns a property there, while Real are on a pre-season tour of the States) to discuss a world-record deal for Gareth Bale.
All three are also agreed that the two clubs remain someway off in their valuation of the former Southampton star with Levy reportedly demanding a deal worth between £100m and £105m, with Real current willing to pay roughly £86m for the 24-year-old.
The Times persist with reports that Los Blancos are willing to offer both left-back Fabio Coentrao and winger Angel Di Maria as makeweights in the deal, while both the Guardian and the Telegraph claim Levy has demanded 20-year-old striker Alvaro Morata – a player Perez does not wish to part with.
The Daily Mirror opt for a different tact, claiming that the current Real squad are unimpressed with Perez’s pursuit of Bale, with dressing room leaders Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos reportedly adamant the Welshman is not needed – despite their welcoming statements in public.