One story continues to dominate the back pages, with almost every news outlet having a slightly different take on the Gareth Bale to Real Madrid saga. However the common theme throughout is bad news for Tottenham Hotspur, with the player apparently keen to complete a move to Spain this summer.
There is speculation that Bale was happy to stay for one more year at Spurs but has had his head turned by Madrid’s claims that this is a one-time opportunity, and they will look elsewhere if they cannot sign the Welshman this summer.
Spurs, who have so far insisted they will not sell Bale, could weaken their stance if Bale makes it clear he wants to leave, and Real Madrid make a world record bid for the 24-year-old. Spurs are also keen to resolve the situation quickly to avoid it having an impact on the start of the season.
In more positive news for Spurs fans, there is general agreement in the press that Roberto Soldado is on the brink of completing a move to White Hart Lane.
Spurs have reportedly agreed to pay the 28-year-old’s €30million release clause, meaning that the Valencia striker will become their club record signing if the deal is completed.
There is a chance it could be finalised today, although Soldado is due to hand out prizes at Valencia’s football academy. Valencia fly to the USA on Thursday, by which time a deal is expected to have been completed.
Andre Villas-Boas is keen to add some defensive cover due to concerns over the fitness of both Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul, with the Belgian recently injured during Spurs pre-season tour of Asia.
Ilori,20, is reportedly valued at around £8million by the Portuguese club, and Spurs are also monitoring the situation of Steaua Bucharest’s Vlad Chiriches, who has also been linked with AC Milan and Roma.
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