The Daily Star says Tottenham Hotspur have snubbed Real Madrid director of football Zinedine Zidane over the transfer of Gareth Bale.
The French legend was due to fly to London this week to open talks with Spurs in an attempt to bring the Welsh international to the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, his plans have had to be put on hold after Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy insisted he will only deal directly with Madrid President Florentino Perez.
Perez will be officially presented as President on Tuesday after being re-elected unopposed, but he does not want to pay more than €65m for Bale and hopes to raise some money towards his capture by the sale of Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus.
Even so, the White Hart Lane club are anxious to keep Bale and are under no pressure to sell unless the player himself requests an exit, although sources close to him maintain that is unlikely to happen.