According to the Mirror the Premier League leaders are preparing a £40 million for the Welsh winger with Emmanuel Adebayor, currently on-loan at White Hart Lane, and possibly another player moving to North London – rumoured to be either Nigel De Jong or Adam Johnson.
Bale’s future at Spurs was thrown into doubt prior their win against Blackburn at the weekend with the player admitting he is considering his options saying: “If we don’t [qualify for the Champions League], I have to discuss what’s best for myself.”
That alerted City boss Roberto Mancini who has held a long-standing interest in the 22-year-old and has been given the blessing of the club’s mega-rich Arab owners to make a move for the player.
It’s thought the Citizens are prepared to treble Bale’s current weekly wage putting him on £100,000-per-week in a deal that could net him £30-million over the next five-years.
Barcelona have also been credited with an interest but staying in England and challenging for major honours may suit the former Southampton star.
Losing his prized asset would be a major blow for manager Harry Redknapp who’s own future was cleared up after he lost out on the England job to Roy Hodgson this week.
A swap deal involving a couple of City players would certainly make up for losing Bale who has contributed 12 goals and 10 assists in 40 appearances this season.
Adebayor seems certain to remain with Redknapp at White Hart Lane after an impressive season that has seen him score 15 times since his temporary move from Eastlands.
He could be joined by Johnson or De Jong who will be allowed to leave by Mancini in the summer with the former seen as a direct replacement for Bale.