According to AS, Real Madrid will pull out all the stops to sign Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale in next summer’s transfer window.
The Welsh international is expected to fetch a fee of around €60m and the Spanish champions are hoping to steal a march on the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona and Chelsea before becoming involved in a protracted transfer saga like that of Luka Modric.
Bale has already made it clear he would be open to a move to La Liga, as long as it is to either Barca or Madrid – otherwise, he would prefer to remain at White Hart Lane, as he told AS in an interview last year.
“I’m not afraid of going to play abroad and if the opportunity arose then I would seriously need to consider it,” said the 23-year-old.
“I left home at 15 and if I was to leave the Premier League then I’d learn another language, get to know other people, another country, and grow as a person.
“There are not many British players in other Leagues because ours is very strong, but La Liga is right up there, with players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.”
Bale also acknowledged he thought Real Madrid as a club had always had a special standing in world football.
“I grew up watching and admiring Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Ronaldo and they had an incredible aura about them. We are talking about the best club in the world.
“Madrid has history, personality, glamour. From being a youngster I wanted to do the things Zidane, Ronaldo and even David Beckham were doing in the Bernabeu…the Zidane turn for example,” admitted the Welshman.