Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Bale staying and Hernanes

A select round-up of transfer rumours relating to Tottenham Hotspur, including Gareth Bale, Hernanes and Paulinho.

Tottenham Hotspur have re-iterated their stance that they will not sell Gareth Bale this summer, with Andre Villas-Boas quoted in Spanish newspaper Marca that he has been told his star player will still be at White Hart lane next season.

Villas-Boas’ words will be a relief to Spurs fans, with Real Madrid’s interest in Bale made clear over recent weeks, but it will still be interesting to see how the club would react if a world record bid of £85+million came in from the Spanish side.

Spurs are apparently hopeful that Bale will sign a new contract this summer, but even if he does not, they would still be able to get a high fee for him next summer due to the length of his current deal.

Lazio have reportedly told Tottenham Hotspur Brazilian midfielder Hernanes is not for sale this summer. The 28-year-old is a target for both Spurs and PSG, but Lazio have insisted they will not sell Hernanes, who is a vital part of their team.

The midfielder made 37 league appearances for Lazio last season, scoring ten times and setting up four. He also played against Spurs in their two 0-0 Europa league group stage draws with Lazio. Hernanes is perhaps seen as a more attacking option for Spurs’ central midfield, and could add some creativity to their forward play.

Spurs will reportedly have to up their bid for Paulinho to £17million if they want to fend off interest in the Brazilian midfielder from Real Madrid. Spurs were apparently hoping to sign the 24-year-old in a £15million deal, but will now have to match his release clause to sign Paulinho from Corinthians.

Paulinho is currently in action at the Confederations Cup, with any transfer unlikely to be completed before the end of the month, giving Real Madrid and perhaps other sides plenty of time to consider bidding for the Brazilian.

Carlo Ancelotti, who is expected to be appointed as Real Madrid manager as soon as PSG find a replacement, is a fan of Paulinho, and hopeful of bringing him to the Spanish club.

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