HITC's Jenny Leigh claims to have the inside track on Tottenham's potential sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
Tottenham's chances of keeping hold of Gareth Bale are not as straightforward as they would have hoped for.
Along with Bale's agent speaking to Spanish television earlier today, I have been tipped off by an insider that Tottenham face a real battle to keep hold of the player who is being advised to move on.
From the same industry insider who had prior knowledge on the Daniel Sturridge and Fernando Torres deals between Chelsea and Liverpool, I have word that Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has told Tottenham he intends to move Gareth on this summer and after stating his intentions to the club, he has gone public to the Spanish media with his statement that they are willing to listen to offers.
However, my source also claims that Real Madrid have already put in an opening bid which Spurs have flatly rejected. This bid was, however, prior to Barnett’s meeting with the club regarding his client’s future and, subsequently, Real Madrid are expected to bid again and Tottenham are expected to negotiate this time - dependent on the scale of the offer.
It was initially thought (and hoped) that Bale would remain at White Hart Lane for another season – whether or not that had been agreed unofficially I am unsure, but in recent weeks Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas, along with chairman Daniel Levy, has repeatedly assured the fans Bale would definitely remain for next season.
According to my source that was because that was the assurances the player had given them – now it seems his agent has other ideas and has advised the player to let him engineer a move to Madrid this summer, rather than wait until next year.
We have known for months that Real are desperate to sign Bale, ahead of any other player on the planet and I had previously suspected that they would get their heart’s desire in the end but, I must admit, I believed, like most Tottenham fans, he would stay for one more term.
That seems not to be the case now as my source claims Tottenham are resigned to losing Gareth and have subsequently opened negotiations with Real Madrid. He claims that ‘three world class players’ are expected to come in to offset the loss of Bale – the fans’ disappointment is obviously going to be a motivating factor for Levy in the process of bringing in big names, although their identity is as yet unknown.
The impression my source gives of the situation is that the transfer is a vehicle being driven by the player’s agent and not the player himself but obviously Real Madrid are the beneficiaries of his interference.
image: © James Boyes