Tottenham want Morata in Madrid offer for Bale

Tottenham Hotspur are willing to consider selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, the Guardian has reported, but want any offer from the Spanish club to include Under-21 international striker Alvaro Morata on top of what is likely to be a world record transfer fee.

The newspaper adds that Madrid have already tabled an offer of £86m for Bale, significantly higher than the current world record transfer that was set when Madrid paid Manchester United £80m for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009. Madrid are also said to be willing to include players in the deal if it helps convince Spurs to part with Bale.

Madrid previously offered to include left-back Fabio Coentrao and winger Angel di Maria in the transfer but Tottenham want to dictate the terms and select their own players, of which Morata will be one. Morata though is highly-rated at the Santiago Bernabeu and Madrid may be unwilling to lose the young forward, but may also recognise they have little choice if they are to sign Bale, having spent the entire summer preparing the groundwork.

Morata’s presence was part of the reason Carlo Ancelotti allowed Gonzalo Higuain to leave Madrid for Napoli this summer, with the belief that Morata was capable of providing competition and support for Karim Benzema. Morata is understood to be under a long-term contract in the Spanish capital, with his release clause set prohibitively high in an effort to prevent his departure.

The 20-year-old Morata has scored four goals in five games for Spain’s Under-21 team, having previously netted 11 in 13 at Under-19 level. He scored twice for Madrid’s senior side last season.

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