Real Madrid have confirmed that talks are ongoing between themselves and Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur over the acquisition of human highlight reel Gareth Bale in what would amount to a world record fee, likely to be in the region of £86 million.
Spurs have, thus far, been resistant to Real's push for their star player, a push that has been aided by a combination of the public commendation of Bale by Los Blancos' current playing staff together with the Spanish press machine churning out endless angles on a transfer that is becoming increasingly protracted.
'He's a very, very good player,' said Kaka, a former world player of the year, as quoted by Sky Sports. 'If he comes to Madrid he will be welcomed.'
Tottenham have been steadfast in their position, Bale has been continually silent on the matter but, conversely, Real have been very public over the nature of the ordeal. While manager Carlo Ancelotti admits he is not comfortable discussing it with the media, he did concede that discussions between the two clubs was underway.
'It is difficult to talk about Bale because at the moment he is not a Real Madrid player,' said Carletto. 'I believe the club is in talks to find a solution and we will see what happens. I am not used to talking about players who are not in my team and it would not be right to do so.'
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