EXCLUSIVE: Spurs slap world-record £150m price tag on Bale
Published 22:30 21/01/12 By Paul Smith
Manchester City must find a world-record £150million fee to lure Gareth Bale from Tottenham.
The Premier League leaders, who face Spurs in a title clash at the Etihad Stadium today, have made discreet enquiries about the 22-year-old Wales international winger.
Even cash-rich City were staggered by the asking price, which would shatter the current £80million world-record transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from neighbours Manchester United to Real Madrid.
Rumours had surfaced that Bale has a £50 million buy-out clause in his current contract and City were ready to steel a march on a host of European club by meeting that asking price in the summer.
The Stellar Group, who represent Bale, have confirmed that there is no escape clause.
Bale, who is under contract to Spurs until the summer of 2015, has maintained he’s in no hurry to leave White Hart Lane despite growing interest in him.
Ironically, back in 2009, when Spurs were considering the sale of Bale, City turned down the chance to sign him for about £4m. Mark Hughes, City’s manager at the time, didn’t want to complete a deal.
Since the Bale's career fortunes. have been transformed and he has become one of the most exciting players in Europe.