Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has stated that the club must appoint a manager before moving for Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale.
With each passing day, this Gareth Bale transfer saga is turning into a soap opera. The Welshman is high on Perez’s ‘To-buy’ list, as he looks to rebuild the squad after a disappointing season domestically. Their arch rival Barcelona have already made a statement about signing Neymar, now Real Madrid must respond.
The likes of Luis Suarez and Gundogan have been linked with the Spanish giants, but it is no secret that Gareth Bale is their prime target. Zinedine Zidane was quoted few days back saying that it would require record-breaking money to sign Bale from Tottenham, and hinted that Real Madrid are one of the few sides who can afford it.
‘The talk about Gareth Bale is not a surprise. It is impossible to have the season he just had and not be linked with the biggest clubs in Europe.
‘If any club is going to tempt Spurs, then it will take big money – maybe even record-breaking money.
‘There are four or five clubs at the moment who have the finances not to be put off by a record-breaking fee like that.’ – The Real Madrid Sporting Director was quoted in press.
But Tottenham will do their best to retain their prized asset. Tottenham coach Tim Sherwood is confident that Bale will remain at Spurs as of now. He believes that the Welshman is happy at the London club, and despite all the rumours, this is not the right time for him to leave Tottenham.
‘Gareth’s fantastically happy at Tottenham.
‘I see him around the training ground every day. He’s got a good relationship with the manager and loves his team-mates. They show him the respect that he deserves and he gives it back to them.
‘I don’t see him banging the door down trying to get a move. I believe one million per cent he will stay.
‘There will be a lot of clubs wanting to take Gareth but he’s 23 and has good advisors.
‘There’s a time for him to go overseas or to another Premier League club but I think he needs to stay here.’ – The Tottenham coach was quoted in press.
Daniel Levy is a hard man to deal with in the transfer market and Real Madrid are well aware of that fact as well. Fiorentino Perez has indicated that the club’s first priority at the moment is to appoint a new manager, before they think about rebuilding the squad for the next season. But his statement also hinted that Real Madrid will make an official bid for the Tottenham winger sooner rather than later.
“Madrid always want the best. Tottenham is a very amicable club, but first we must see who our new coach will be and after that we will begin to arrange our new squad.
“I think the same as if we were to have a tennis team and Rafael Nadal asked me for these millions. For players like this – the investment they generate you and the revenue they produce, you can give everything to try and get them.
“I demonstrated in 2000 that with players like this you can change the dynamic, going from losing to winning.
“Then you have to look carefully at the player involved. We are not going to talk too much about Bale because he plays at a very amicable club and they will be annoyed by too much talk about him I know their chairman well and he doesn’t like things like that.
“But I repeat, we have a long list, but there will be one particular player, of course.” – Perez was quoted in press.
This could turn out to be a long summer for the Tottenham fans, who have previously seen another of their star, Luka Modric, join the Madrid based club just one year back.