The future of Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale is very much shrouded in secrecy with reports suggesting that the Premier League could be about to do business with Real Madrid after all, but only on their terms.
Madrid have made Bale their top target this summer and despite Spurs refusal to discuss a deal so far, reports on Monday suggested that the player had agreed personal terms with the Spanish giants ahead of a proposed move with a fee of £80 million been mooted.
Those reports appeared to carry weight when Bale failed to feature for the club in their 3-1 defeat by Sunderland in Hong Kong.
After the game Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas refused to discuss the future of the Welsh star telling reporters “I can’t make any more comments because I made it during the press conference for this game, so I don’t want to repeat myself in all press conferences.”
Just twenty four hours earlier the former Chelsea manager appeared more willing to talk up the qualities of the 24 year old saying “He is a player that we are willing to continue to have, he’s a Tottenham player, he’s one of the most fantastic players in the world at the moment and we are counting on him for the future.”
According to CaughtOffside Villas-Boas is now believed to be ready to throw in the towel in his bid to keep Bale and he will talk to the La Liga side…but only if they pay £60 million pounds and throw Fábio Coentrão and Alvaro Morata into the deal.
25 year old Coentrão wants to leave Madrid this summer after falling out of favour last season and has been linked with a move to former club Benfica.
Spurs have held a long term interest in the left-sided player and given his attacking qualities would view him as a suitable replacement for Bale. Monaco are also interested but given Real’s interest in Bale Spurs would appear to hold all the aces.
Meanwhile Spurs search for a striker could also come to an end with the arrival of Morato on a season long loan, with a view to a possible permanent deal next summer.
The Londoners have been in the market for a striker all summer and have already missed out on the likes of David Villa, Gonzalo Higuain and Christian Benteke while the Spanish under-21 international is not currently of the calibre of the aforementioned trio he is highly rated in his homeland and earlier in the summer finished as the top scorer in the European U21 Championship.
Morata scored 2 goals in 15 appearances for the Madrid first team last season and despite the imminent departure of Gonzalo Higuain is still likely to be a bit-part player next season and could be tempted by a move to London.
With Tottenham now reportedly willing to do business a deal could be about to materialise and one which on paper does not weaken the North London outfit.