Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has effectively ruled out the chance of Real Madrid signing Gareth Bale this summer.
Florentino Perez has effectively ended Real Madrid’s chances of singing Gareth Bale with a below market value valuation of £45 million for the Tottenham Hotspur star.
The Daily Mirror has suggested that is the cap that the current Spanish champions will spend in cash for the Welsh winger come striker, as they look to get Spurs to go below half of their top valuation.
Bale has been valued by many different sources at well over the £50 million mark and considering his current status and role within the team, it’s very doubtful they would settle for a penny less.
Bale has been having the season of his career which has seen him score 18 crucial goals this season, as Spurs continue their bid for a top four finish by the end of May.
It’s also been a season which has seen Bale change his normal position from a left sided midfield man to someone who is capable of drifting off of that side, into the hole behind a main striker.
In terms of effective attacking players at the moment there are few more dynamic or quicker, which has led to Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane recently urging his former club to pay whatever Spurs want to sign him.
Real seem to be looking to subsidise their £45 million cap with the addition of a player in the deal, which could bump up the value of the transfer.
However, Bale is currently holding the same sort of unique status in the Premier League as Robin Van Persie at Manchester United and Luis Suarez at Liverpool, which means that won’t add much appeal to Daniel Levy or Andre Villas-Boas.
It’s effectively a similar situation when Manchester United sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid. They could easily have got a player included in the deal, but they would never have had the same effect.
If Real Madrid do not budge in terms of their valuation and go the other side of £50 million, the price paid by Chelsea for Fernando Torres, then it’s very doubtful this is a move which is going to happen this summer.
Spurs have reportedly put a price tag of £100 million on Bale’s head, presumably as a measure to dissuade any side thinking of signing him, which makes any cash deal impossible based on Perez’s valuation.
Add to that the fact that Daniel Levy has never been the sort of chairman to back down when he’s had a player that another side has wanted; think Dimitar Berbatov to Manchester United and Luka Modric to Real Madrid.
In the case of Modric he simply kept rejecting offers from the Spanish giants, until they met the £33 million price which is the figure the club put on their star Croatian midfielder.
Real Madrid certainly have the resources to draw on if they were ever thinking of paying £100 million for a player.
Their commercial appeal around the world, along with their socio-political financial background is something that Levy will be all too aware of and if they want Bale, they’ll just have to break the world record to sign him.
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