Tottenham would consider Madrid offer of record fee plus Modric for Bale

Tottenham Hotspur have told Real Madrid it will take a world record transfer fee and the return of Luka Modric for them to consider selling Gareth Bale, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The newspaper adds that even the demands of including the £33m Modric – who moved to Madrid from Spurs last summer for that amount – on top of a fee greater than the £80m record Madrid paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo represents a concession from chairman Daniel Levy, who had previously refused to countenance selling Bale under any circumstances.

But Spurs believe Modric may take the chance to return to White Hart Lane after struggling to win a regular place in the Madrid XI last season. Tottenham though face competition for the Croatian from United, while earlier in the summer Modric flatly rejected talk that he was set to return to the Premier League with Chelsea.

Madrid’s dogged determination to land Bale has seen the proposed transfer fee skyrocket to the point of smashing the existing transfer record, the Mirror notes, but Zinidine Zidane, now assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, said the Spanish club will not be taking no for an answer. And the Premier League betting makes Real Madrid favourites to be Bale’s employers when the transfer window closes.

We will not stop,” Zidane confirmed. “We will not give up on Gareth Bale. It is normal that Tottenham want to keep him and make him sign a new contract, but it is impossible to forget a player of his quality.

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