Zidane backs record fee for Tottenham winger Bale

Zinidine Zidane believes it could take a world record fee for Real Madrid to sign Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale – but feels the Wales international would be worth such a hefty outlay, the Daily Mail has reported.

Bale has been mooted as a Madrid target this summer with the newspaper claiming if the Spanish side were to offer a world record fee – in the region of £85m – then Spurs would have little choice but to accept. And Zidane feels there are only a handful of clubs who could pay so much money for one player.

The talk about Gareth Bale is not a surprise,” Zidane said. “It is impossible to have the season he just had and not be linked with the biggest clubs in Europe.

If any club is going to tempt Spurs, then it will take big money – maybe even record-breaking money. There are four or five clubs at the moment who have the finances not to be put off by a record-breaking fee like that.

Zidane is currently sporting director at the Santiago Bernabeu, having ended his playing career in La Liga in 2006, having moved to Madrid from Juventus in 2001 for what was then a world record fee. The current record fee for a transfer is the deal that took Cristiano Ronaldo to Madrid from Manchester United.

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