Just when it seemed as if the pre-season’s longest running transfer saga was soon to be resolved, with Gareth Bale’s imminent move to Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur have only gone ramped up the drama a notch.
Recent reports suggested a world record deal between Spurs and Madrid had been agreed, and Bale was taking care of a few formalities before jetting off to a glorious future at Europe’s most successful club.
However, reports in the English media now claim that Spurs have denied reaching a deal with Real.
Furthermore, the London club says more teams have now shown an interest in the Welshman, and it is no longer clear cut where he will end up.
Speculation is mounting that Manchester United have offered Spurs a £65million cash deal for Bale, although some reports suggest that French champions PSG may also have entered the fray, making Bale European club football’s most wanted player.
If the reports are true, chairman Daniel Levy must not be able to believe his luck.
It has long been suggested that the notorious hard-dealer will drag Bale’s sale out until the last second of the transfer window, in order to extract every last penny out of whichever club eventually buys the player he did not wish to sell in the first place.
Almost everyone involved simply wants this most cut-throat of transfer windows to come to an end already, especially Bale, who currently remains in uncertain limbo.