Barca ready to tempt Spurs with £40m Bale bid
Published 23:00 29/01/11 By Paul Smith
Barcelona are leading the chase to sign Gareth Bale – despite Tottenham’s insistence that he will not be sold at any price.
Barca are determined to sign the Premier League’s hottest property in the summer for £40million.
The 21-year-old Wales international insists he is happy at White Hart Lane but even he will be hard pushed to ignore interest from a club now seen as the biggest in the world and playing the most exciting football.
Manchester United tried to prise Bale out of Spurs at the end of last season for £23m and were firmly rebuffed.
United remain admirers of the flying flank-man who has taken the Champions League by storm this season.
Bale’s breathtaking form this season in domestic and European combat has alerted the most powerful clubs around the globe.
Inter Milan, who Bale tore apart in the Champions League, have already declared their interest.
Massimo Moratti, Inter’s president and a petro-chemicals billionaire, has personally bankrolled a massive transfer fund that eventually made his club champions of Europe last May.
But the slightest hint of Spurs considering a deal will see official bids from Inter, AC Milan, Real Madrid and mighty Barcelona.
The good news for Spurs is that Bale is tied to the club by a five year contract that was only sealed last summer.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp frequently reminds the club that to make real progress they must hold on to their best players.
Redknapp can show the astonishing progress Spurs have made since his arrival. They are in the last 16 of the Champions League against AC Milan and hungry to make more progress.
But Spurs are still perceived as a selling club and Barcelona intend to put that theory to the test.