World record bid for Bale
31 July 2013, 08:26
London – Reports suggest that Real Madrid have made a world record bid for Tottenham Hotspur winger, Gareth Bale.
According to SkySports news’ website, Real have tabled a bid of over £85 million.
Speculation has been rife over Bale’s future and it is understood that Real's offer has been on the table for over a week.
The bid does not include any Real Madrid players moving to Spurs as part of a package.
Daniel Levy is currently in Miami and maintains that Bale is not for sale.
Earlier on Tuesday, Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas backed his club's chase for Bale.
"We are talking about one of the top three or four best players in Europe," said Casillas.
"And it's normal that his name is being discussed because he has all the qualities a footballer needs."
Spanish newspaper Marca reported on its front page on Tuesday that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is demanding a fee of £126m, which would shatter the world-record fee for a footballer - the £80m Real paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
Spain-based journalist Graham Hunter says the La Liga side are prepared to offer a huge sum to tempt the forward to Madrid.
"The briefing between Real and the Madrid media is that verbally - and I don't think there's a written offer - Spurs are aware that Real are willing to go to 93m euros for Gareth Bale," said Hunter.