Tottenham Hotspur will have to fight to keep Gareth Bale this summer, with reports in Spain suggesting that Real Madrid were ready to step up their interest in the 24-year-old.
Spanish sports daily Marca even claimed that Bale had agreed a six year deal with Real Madrid, and that the forward had told Spurs that he wanted to leave London for the Spanish giants this summer.
However Andre Villas-Boas was quick to state that Bale was not for sale at any price, saying that he was counting on the Welsh player for the future.
Spurs are currently in Hong Kong for the Barclays Asia Trophy, with their first match at Sunderland later today. Bale has an injury and is not expected to feature.
Valencia have stated again that Roberto Soldado will not be sold unless his €30million release clause is met, with rumours circulating yesterday that they had rejected a €26million bid from Spurs.
The deal might depend on the structure of a bid, as the Spanish club are apparently willing to accept scheduled payments, while Spurs are reportedly keen to involve conditional add-ons.
The Spain international has scored over 20 goals in all competitions in each of the past four seasons, and netted 59 times in La Liga in his three years at Valencia, who are reluctant to sell their star player despite their financial difficulties.
Soldado is also attracting interest from Liverpool, who might step up their interest if they sell Luis Suarez this summer. Arsenal are interested in the Uruguayan player, although their latest bid of £40million plus £1 has apparently been rejected.
Benfica has slapped a £34million price-tag on Eduardo Salvio, who has been attracting interest from Premier League trio Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City.
The 23-year-old impressed in Benfica’s Europa League campaign last season, and with the Portuguese club in no hurry to sell Salvio, they are hoping the huge price-tag will put off any English suitors this summer.
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