Marca claim Gareth Bale has told Tottenham he wants to join Real Madrid

Don't throw the rotten vegetables at us, launch them in the general direction of Marca. The Spanish newspaper today go huge on a story saying that Real Madrid are now in negotiations to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur. It's on the front page and next two interiors, quite a lengthy story.

Marca claim that Gareth Bale told Daniel Levy last week that he wants to leave the Premier League club and sign for Real Madrid which would be terrible news for Tottenham if true. The only way it looked like Real Madrid had any chance of signing the Welshman was if he tried to force his way out of Spurs, if he's asked to go then that would be the first step down that road.

We've said all summer that we can't see Bale moving to Real Madrid this transfer window for several reasons, the Spanish club have already spent a huge amount and have to renew Ronaldo's contract this summer so it's hard to see where they would get the money from. They haven't received much in player sales so far and the money potentially received for Higuain may not be half what they'd need to sign Gareth Bale. Nevertheless, Marca are insistent.

They say that Florentino Perez spoke to Daniel Levy a month ago and offered him Angel Di Maria as part of a deal, but the approach offended Levy who didn't react kindly. Since then they say things have changed and the clubs have been talking. It's claimed that Levy asked for Jesse Rodriguez as part of any deal and that Real Madrid have refused point blank.

That part gave us suspicions, if Real Madrid wanted Bale so much they would not let Jesse Rodriguez get in the way of that. However, it looks good on Perez that he would refuse to let go of one of the club's youth products and fits the idea he's been trying to build all summer that Real Madrid will be a team based on Spaniards, preferably from the youth system, with a few stars added. It sounds like PR.

Marca go on to claim that Perez will meet Real Madrid next week and that a deal could be close to being done because Bale has expressed a strong desire to play for the Spanish club next season. Sounds like the classic attempts to unsettle a player. 

AS today have a front page saying that Real Madrid are going for Luis Suarez, they can't possibly do both and may not complete either. The major worry for Tottenham and their supporters is that Bale does become unsettled and, assuming Marca are wrong about him already doing so, ask to leave the football club. 

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Marca have absolutely no credibility, there is more truth and honesty in a 1965 copy of 'The Beano'. I cannot understand why these fantasies get reprinted away from RM's mouthpiece.



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