Despite speculation in Spain that he had already agreed a deal with Real Madrid, Gareth Bale is apparently prepared to stay and help fire Tottenham Hotspur into the Champions League next season.
Bale is set to feature in Spurs’ second match at the Barclays Asia Trophy, although the concerns over the state of the pitch might see Andre Villas-Boas protect his star players, after seeing Jan Vertonghen injured in their first match against Sunderland.
Villas-Boas has also confirmed that Spurs are in talks with Bale about a new contract, which is rumoured to be worth around £150,000 a week.
Spurs have insisted they will not sell the 24-year-old at any price this summer, and hope a new deal will put to bed speculation about a move.
Atletico Mineiro winger Bernard is set to leave the club following their victory in the Copa Libertadores final on Wednesday, and Spurs are one of several sides reportedly in the running for the Brazilian.
Arsenal have recently emerged has frontrunners for Bernard, with Porto and Liverpool also rumoured to be monitoring the winger, who has enjoyed a fantastic season with Atletico Mineiro, as well as featuring for the Brazil side who won the Confederations Cup recently.
Atletico are resigned to losing Bernard, but have apparently set a price-tag of around £20million, which could dissuade several teams from following up their interest in the 20-year-old.
Liverpool are ready to rival Spurs for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, with Brendan Rodgers considering the 28-year-old as a replacement for Luis Suarez.
Suarez has made his desire to leave Anfield clear in recent weeks, with Arsenal the current favourites to sign the Uruguayan. However the Gunners’ advances have so far been rebuffed, with Liverpool most recently rejected a £40million pus one pound bid.
Valencia are insisting that Soldado will only leave when his £26millon release clause is paid, with Spurs still currently favourites to sign the Spain international, who scored 24 league goals last season.
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