Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Real to Test Spurs with [Pounds Sterling]60m-Plus Bid for Bale

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Real to Test Spurs with [Pounds Sterling]60m-Plus Bid for Bale

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Byline: Simon Johnson

REAL MADRID will stage a last-ditch bid to tempt Gareth Bale to join the Bernabeu next season.

Standard Sport revealed last week that Bale is staying at Tottenham for one more season and is set to confirm a new deal worth [pounds sterling]130,000 a week.

But Real president Florentino Perez is under pressure to secure a marquee signing as part of his re-election campaign, especially after losing out to Barcelona over a [pounds sterling]50million deal for Santos and Brazil forward Neymar.

Spurs are adamant the Wales international is not for sale at any price but Real are prepared to offer in excess of [pounds sterling]60m for his signature.

Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett has been contacted by Spanish newspaper Marca and claimed Bale is "honoured" by their interest.

However, he also admitted that the winger is not able to negotiate with Real because no transfer has been agreed with Spurs. Barnett said: "If Florentino Perez is interested in Gareth Bale, it would be an honour and we would listen. …

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