Sporting director Zinedine Zidane, who seems to have become a figurehead for Real Madrid’s interest in Tottenham Hotspur forward Gareth Bale, has suggested that it would take a world record bid for any team to sign the 23-year-old this summer, and that there are four or five clubs out there at the moment who would be happy to pay such a high fee.
Real Madrid themselves hold the current transfer record, which is the £80million they paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo four years ago, and the suggestions are that the Spanish side might be preparing a £85million bid for Bale this summer in an attempt to force Tottenham’s hand.
So far, neither Spurs or Bale have indicated they are keen to part ways at any price, and coach Tim Sherwood again stated his belief that the Welshman would stay at White Hart Lane yesterday, saying he was “one billion percent” convinced he will be a Spurs player next season.
There were rumours on Twitter overnight that Borussia Dortmund had raised their bid for Brazilian youngster Bernard, and the suggestion is that the German side will be Spurs biggest competition for the 20-year-old this summer.
Dortmund apparently want the winger to help replace Mario Gotze in their side, whilst Spurs are perhaps planning to use Bernard on the left-wing with Bale now routinely playing on the right or through the centre. Both teams will likely have to wait until late July to secure any deal, as Bernard has commitments with Brazil and Atletico Mineiro until then,
Hugo Lloris has shrugged off rumours linking him with a move to big spending Monaco, saying that he left France to develop on a personal and sporting level, and that he did not intend to return soon.
After ousting Brad Friedel from the Spurs starting eleven, Lloris has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, and there had been suggestions that Monaco might target the 26-year-old after they were unable to tempt Victor Valdes away from Barcelona. However Lloris is happy at Spurs, and would also find it tough to go to Monaco due to his affiliation with neighbours Nice.
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