Daniel Levy has reportedly refused to meet Florentino Perez on Thursday, and with Tottenham Hotspur questioning Real Madrid’s ability to fund a world record bid for Gareth Bale, the move could break down.
Despite previously claiming that a bid of as much €100million for Bale would not be a problem, Real Madrid president Perez has seemed to change his stance in the past couple of days by indicating he though the Spurs player was overpriced.
Madrid are apparently keen to include players in a deal for Bale, but Spurs believe they are inflating the value of the likes of Fabio Coentrao and Angel Di Maria.
There have also been reports that senior players at Real Madrid are unhappy about the club’s pursuit of Bale, placing more pressure on Perez, who has promised Carlo Ancelotti the 24-year-old will be signed.
Spurs apparently offered striker Emmanuel Adebayor as part of the deal, but Real Madrid rejected the chance to resign the player they took on loan in 2011.
Adebayor is currently on compassionate leave following the death of his brother, but will be sold this summer if Spurs can find a buyer as he is not a key part of Andre Villas-Boas’ plans after Roberto Soldado was signed from Valencia.
Jermain Defoe’s future is also unclear, with Harry Redknapp saying he would like to sign the Spurs striker for QPR.
However the former Spurs manager, who also managed Defoe at Portsmouth and West Ham, has admitted that at the moment it is unlikely QPR will sign the striker.
“I would love to have Jermain at QPR. We have made an enquiry, but, at the moment, he is not available. We’re nowhere near anything. There’s a small chance of it happening,” said Redknapp.
Defoe has reservations about dropping down a division in a World Cup year, and there will likely be Premier League suitors if he does decide to leave Spurs, where he will start the season behind Soldado in the pecking order.
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