The biggest news in all of football today is real Madrid’s offer of £85 million for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale which would surpass the previous world record transfer that Madrid paid to Manchester United in 2009 for Cristiano Ronaldo then handing over £80 million for the Portuguese winger.
So far Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy and manager Andres Villas-Boas have repeatedly said that the 24-year-old Bale will remain at White Hart Lane.
Yesterday when asked if a bid had been received from Real Madrid AVB said: “I don’t want to comment on anything like that, I cannot speak about anything.”
Meanwhile Levy is said to have cut short his family vacation in Florida to return to London in another indication that a deal is imminent.
Even the bookmakers have seen a switch in betting as up until yesterday Bale was a favourite to stay in London but now the money is going the other way according to Sky Bets Chris Spicer who said: “The majority of bets throughout the summer have been on Bale remaining at Tottenham, but we’ve seen a sudden shift in interest in him leaving and we now offer 7/4 on him staying at Spurs.
“Reports suggest that Real Madrid have now made their move and that Bale is unhappy that it has been swiftly rebuffed.
“Our punters now seem convinced Real will get their man and Spurs will have to settle for their sizeable compensation.”
According to reports in all the British press Bale has now set his heart on moving to the Santiago Bernabeu and is furious that Levy is trying to block it.
Another indication that Bale will be leaving are tweets early this morning from a Valencia director who tweeted that Spurs had completed a deal for the Spanish international Roberto Soldado for 30€.