Real Madrid were the team that made most of the early running in the race for Bale, but the Spanish side apparently gave up in the face of Spurs’ reluctance to entertain any bids for the 24-year-old.
Manchester United are having a difficult summer in the transfer market, missing out on Thiago Alcantara and perhaps set to lose Wayne Rooney, and could hope to overshadow these troubles with a mammoth bid for the Premier League Player of the year.
However it remains unlikely Spurs will sell Bale at least until next summer, and with Real Madrid apparently ready to make a world record bid of over £80million a month ago, Manchester United’s reported £60million offer is probably not going to change their mind.
Spurs are considering a move for Real Betis winger Alvaro Vadillo, who is viewed as one of the most exciting young prospects in Spain.
The 18-year-old made his debut for Betis two years ago, and has already drawn comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo due to his ability on the ball.
The youngster is also being monitored by Manchester United, Arsenal and Real Madrid, with Betis apparently keen to keep hold of him for the moment.
This might finally be the summer that Leandro Damiao gets his move to Europe, but it now seems clear that Spurs are no longer in the race for the Brazilian striker.
Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed the Italian side are targeting both Damiao and Gonzalo Higuain after selling Edinson Cavani for around £55million, contributing to a massive transfer warchest of £108million.
Despite their need for a striker Spurs are apparently not considering long-time target Damiao this window, with Internacional demanding over £20million for the forward.
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