Real Madrid president wants Tottenham talks over Bale during London trip

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez hopes to speak with Tottenham Hotspur during a trip to London in order to push the Premier League club to sell Gareth Bale, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Perez is said to have insisted his trip to the English capital is solely for personal business but the newspaper believes he will try to set up a meeting with his Tottenham counterparts while in the country, with the future of Bale the topic of discussion.

Madrid are understood to be willing to pay close to a world record fee for the Wales winger, with the Mirror putting the maximum sun on offer at £80m, in the same ballpark as what Madrid paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

Tottenham though have been adamant that Bale is not for sale – and hope to sign the former Southampton player to a new contract to emphasise that point. But Madrid have made Bale one of their primary targets for the summer, hoping to add the 23-year-old to a summer shopping list that also includes Malaga midfielder Isco and former Milan, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti has been tagged as the replacement for Chelsea-bound Jose Mourinho, having delivered the Ligue 1 title to the petrodollar-fuelled Parisians and then announced his intention to leave the French capital.

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