Real Madrid have tried to force a move for their top target Gareth Bale by asking him to hand in a transfer request at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Spanish club have set their hopes on signing the Welsh winger, and are hoping that they can get him to persuade the club let him leave.
Madrid are willing to pay up to £80million for this years Footballer of the Year, however Manchester United, Manchester City, PSG and Barcelona and also tracking the player.
However, Real seem to be winning the race for Bale, but believe he will back down when asking Spurs chairman Daniel Levy for a transfer, despite the 23-year-old wanting a move away from White Hart Lane.
Gareth Bale still has three years on his current contract at Spurs, and they are prepared to smash their wage budget and offer him £170,000 a week in order to keep him.
Although, it is believed that Bale has grown frustrated at the club, as they failed to reach the Champions League once again, as Bale believes it is time for him to move on to a higher stage.
It has been rumoured the Real Madrid will offer the player a whopping £10million a year if he is to join them, whilst they believe he will help them win the Champions League.
Madrid are aware that Daniel Levy is a tricky character to negotiate with, following the saga with Luka Modric last summer, but they know if Bale is to hand in a transfer request, then they stand a greater opportunity of signing the player.
Real managed to convince Levy to sell Modric last summer by using the same technique, as president Florentino Perez refused to give up without a fight and eventually Levy gave in.
Therefore, they are convinced that they will be able to put together a deal for Bale in the same way they forced a £33million move for Modric last summer, when he still had four-years on his Spurs deal.
Spurs are aware that if they are to lose Bale, they would be in desperate need of some massive names in to the club, as they relied heavily on the Welshman this season.
When Bale missed a chunk of the season, there was an obvious drop in Spurs’ form, and they will be worried if they lose if this is how they will play continuously.
They have been linked with some replacements already, as Barca striker David Villa openly admitted that he wants to leave Spain and play in the Premier League.
However they face competition from their fiercest rivals, Arsenal, as they both are looking to sign the player for £12million.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas will be tempted to let Bale go for £80million, as this will allow him to bring in 3 or 4 significant signings,
The North London club has been linked with players such as Hulk, Gonzalo Higuain, Rene Girard and Remy Cabella.
If Bale is to leave for £80million, this will be just £10million off the World record transfer fee Madrid paid for Cristiano Ronaldo.