Manchester United are set to double their record transfer fee by offering Tottenham Hotspur £60million to part with Gareth Bale this summer.
Spurs have yet to receive a bid from any of Bale’s suitors but Real Madrid have been strongly rumoured to be his next destination as the Spanish giants have openly expressed their admiration for the Welsh winger through a number of channels though they are thought to be happy to wait another season before beginning negotiations.
The North London club are prepared to hold out for another year as they look to build a team that can better last season’s fifth place finish and manager Andre Villas-Boas and chairman Daniel Levy both see Bale as being central to that campaign.
United thought are keen to start David Moyes’ reign with a number of big name signings having already bid for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas as they look to build on last year’s Premier League title.
Levy has said that he will not listen to any offers for Bale this summer and the Welshman for his part appears to be happy to stay at White Hart Lane for another year but United have previously played hard ball with Spurs for the signing of Dimitar Berbatov in 2008.
Levy was similarly resolute in his attitude to Berbatov leaving for United but the club managed to unsettle the striker so much that he had to be left out of the opening games of the 2008-09 season as Tottenham lodged a complaint that Sir Alex Ferguson and the United officials had broken league rules in their pursuit of the Bulgarian before agreeing to a sale for £30million on transfer deadline day.
Despite intense interest from Chelsea for Luka Modric in the summer of 2011 though Levy managed to convince the player to stay for another year under the agreement he would be allowed to leave the following season which is believed to be the circumstances regarding Bale this year.
A £60million opening bid from United this summer could convince Levy that he may get a significant sum more this summer for Bale than he would next year as the 23 year old has enjoyed an exemplary season, finishing with 24 goals and eight assists and picking up the Footballer of the Year award.
If United do begin proceedings and spark Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Bale’s other suitors into action, Spurs may be forced to concede that the player’s stock is as high as it will ever be and look into parting with him for a huge fee.