The Gareth Bale saga has taken another turn with the news that PSG have entered the race for the forward, with reports suggesting they will not baulk at the proposed £85million value that has been placed on the Tottenham Hotspur player’s head.
Real Madrid have been tracking Bale for some time, with their president Florentino Perez frequently indicating they will bid for the 23-year-old this summer. So far Spurs have given no indication they will sell the player, although a world record bid would be difficult to turn down.
PSG are also chasing Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas, perhaps with the hope that installing the Portuguese manager will give them an edge in the race for Bale this summer. Reports today suggest that Villas-Boas has become the French side’s number one choice to replace Carlo Ancelotti, who is expected to take over at Real Madrid, and they are prepared to pay Spurs £10million to buy their Portuguese manager out of his contract.
Spurs themselves are lining up a £4million bid for Gareth Barry, who Manchester City are apparently happy to let Barry leave the Etihad this summer after signing Brazilian Fernandinho from Shaktar Donetsk. Barry is in the final year of his contract, and Spurs are considering the 32-year-old as a replacement for Scott Parker, who might also be on the move this summer.
Barry would likely be brought in as cover for the first choice midfield pairing of Mousa Dembele and Sandro, suggesting both Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone will leave White Hart Lane this summer. Signing Barry would also be a blow to Tom Carroll, who might have hoped to play more of a role in the senior side after impressing for the under-21 team last season.
Although a Spurs’ bid of £17million was reportedly turned down recently, Inter are prepared to sell Fredy Guarin for £21million according to reports today. The Colombian midfielder worked with Villas-Boas during his spell at Inter, and Spurs are apparently keen to sign Guarin to add some creativity to their midfield.
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