Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has doubts Real Madrid can afford to meet the club’s asking price for Gareth Bale, the
Spurs are of the mind that Madrid have yet to even make a formal offer for Bale, despite Levy and Perez meeting once already, in the United States, at which Levy was angered by the inflated valuations Madrid put on the players they were offering in part-exchange. Levy wants a cash-plus-players deal to the value of £104m but Madrid put a price tag of around £80m on the Wales international.
Striker Alvaro Morata, winger Angel di Maria and full-back Fabio Coentrao were the three players discussed, the newspaper adds, and Levy wants Madrid to include two of them in the transfer, as having a world record fee in the bank does not guarantee the Tottenham team can be strengthened with less than a month of the transfer window remaining.
Perez has now gone so far as to claim Madrid have reduced their interest in Bale, with a growing sense that Madrid will back off from negotiations and wait until the final days of the transfer window in the hope Bale forces the issue himself. But Levy experienced those tactics with Luka Modric, the newspaper points out, and it is likely to make him less inclined to sell – and he is already against the six-year instalment plan put forward by Madrid.
The president said: “We talk with lots of people and will see what happens in all our negotiations with Bale. We do not usually talk about other players out of respect to the player, the club and the president with whom I have a good relationship. If I do talk about names, I do not talk about money, but £100?million seems a lot to me.”
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