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$131 million for Gareth Bale? AVB suddenly coy as reports of record bid fly in

Jul 27, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

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The rumored price on Gareth Bale’s head continues to rise and rise, as now The Mirror are reporting Tottenham have rejected an £81 million ($124.6 million) bid from Real Madrid, so Los Blancos are now readying one for £85 million ($130.8 million).

According to the report, Bale is being convinced by Real Madrid’s relentless pursuit of his signature, and Spurs’ control is slowly slipping away.

In addition, The Guardian are reporting Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to reject that improved bid from Madrid, and Bale therefore may try to force through the move.  Such an offer would be a world-record transfer fee, with Christiano Ronaldo’s move from Manchester United to Real Madrid for £80 million still holding the top spot.

ESPN is also reporting according to their sources that Spurs have indeed received that second, heightened bid from Madrid, although they have not formally responded to it.

ESPN reporter Miguel Delaney is reporting that Levy isn’t even recognizing the higher Madrid bid:

While the reports in the papers may or may not be completely accurate, something that cannot be debated is Andre Villas-Boas’s sudden refusal to address the matter.

The Spurs manager has been extremely outspoken about his club’s intentions to hold onto the Welsh superstar, but for the first time this summer, AVB skirted three straight questions about Madrid’s interest in Bale.

Following Spurs’ 6-0 defeat of South China, Villas-Boas responded with “I don’t want to comment on anything like that” thrice in succession.

Bale has not played in two straight preseason matches with a “training injury” causing many to speculate that a deal with Real is heavily in the works.

It was reported by Marca earlier this week that Bale has already agreed to a 6-year, €10 million ($13.3 million)-per-year deal with Real Madrid.

Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti officially sold Gonzalo Higuain today to Napoli, providing them with around €40 million ($53 million) extra spending money.

  1. dalecooperscoffee - Jul 27, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    As good of a player Bale is, he is worth no where near as much as Ronaldo.

    Ronaldo had proven himself in the EPL and CL over numerous seasons, and lead united to domestic and European success. Not to mention won a ballon d’or.

    I really like Bale as a player, he’s a player that would walk into any team on the planet but he’s not worth £80m.

    • David Eric Cummins - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:06 AM

      I agree. Bale is a fantastic player and a joy to watch, but breaking the transfer record for a player who has never won a trophy and has very little Champions League experience is way too much.

      It would just be setting him up for disappointment. As incredible as Bale is, he’s not going to score 50 goals in a season for Real Madrid like Ronaldo. And with Real’s depth of their squad he probably wouldn’t even start every game.

      I’d rather see him stay at Spurs. They’ve been knocking at the door of the top three in the EPL since 2010. Spurs only lack two or three good quality additions to the team to seriously challenge for the title and become regulars in the Champions League.

  2. oasiserfede - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Please report some ACTUAL news regarding Bale.

  3. twayward - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    where are the quotes? typical mirror, but i expect more from david hytner & the guardian.

  4. mrhyperpants - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    What a load of pony. Bale is good, but not that good.

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