Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly preparing to join the race to sign Tottenham’s Gareth Bale.
The Welshman is the primary target this summer for Real Madrid who, according to their president Florentino Perez and sporting director Zinadine Zidane, they’ll stop at nothing to get their man.
Zidane even claims the Los Blancos are willing to shell out £85 million to bring Bale to the Bernabeu after a disappointing season on departed manager Jose Mourinho who returned to Chelsea this month.
Now, however, it seems the La Liga giants may have some competition – as if the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid weren’t enough for Spurs to contend with, big spending Ligue 1 champions PSG are now 'eyeing' him up.
According to numerous reports this week, PSG are preparing to smash the world record transfer fee to bring Bale to the French capital rather than the Spanish capital.
Tottenham have stated time and time again that the player is a) under contract and b) not for sale but if an offer of that magnitude comes in, its hard to see Tottenham rejecting it, given their resources.
Whilst then fans, the club and the manager all desperately want him to stay, the player has said previously that he would one day love to play for Real Madrid and I’d be very surprised to see him go anywhere else, whenever he ends up leaving White Hart Lane.
However, the plot thickens as reports yesterday claim that PSG have ‘approached’ Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas who they are keen to bring in as a replacement for Carlo Ancelotti who, by all accounts, looks set to take over the reigns from Mourinho at the Bernabeu next term.
According to these recent claims, PSG are prepared to offer Villas-Boas a four-year deal worth £10 million.
Back to Bale again, the 23-year-old winger has repeatedly thanked and admired Villas-Boas for his contribution to his development and success as a player.
Firstly, if the manager left, surely Bale would also pack his bags – the big question would be whether he would follow him to Paris or part ways on a place to Spain? All in all, PSG are a problem Tottenham could do without this summer.
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