Reports in the British football media suggest that the transfer tussle over Gareth Bale is likely to end in Real Madrid’s favour.
The Tottenham Hotspur superstar is said to be desperate to push through a move to the Bernabeu, and has allegedly accused the London club of breaking a promise to entertain serious bids for his services.
Los Blancos have made no bones about their willingness to break the bank for Bale, who is scheduled for “showdown talks” with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, according to The Guardian.
And The Independent suggests that Levy will tell Bale that he is free to move, provided Madrid pay more than the £80 million they spent to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.
What’s more, Spurs are determined to receive only cash from Real’s coffers, and will refuse bargaining over a cash + player(s) deal.
It has been suggested that Madrid are willing to send one or both of Angel Di Maria and Fabio Coentrao to Spurs as part of a deal for Bale, although Levy is not interested in any such compromise.
Meanwhile, former Spurs manager David Pleat says that Bale would be making a mistake by moving to Madrid now.
Pleat believes that Bale is “too young” to leave the comfort of White Hart Lane so soon.
"I think he's a little bit young to go abroad and I doubt he'd find it easy," he told the BBC.
"Many have failed when they have moved overseas. One or two have succeeded, but not many. Most have had a difficult time.”