Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy has acquired the reputation of being the master negotiator when it comes to player sales, and should Gareth Bale one day leave Spurs, his suitors will no doubt be forced to pay top dollar for the highly rated Welshman.
If reports in today’s Daily Express are to be believed, the fee that Levy is expecting for Bale would be no less than £55 million, significantly higher than the £35 million that Real Madrid are reportedly ready to offer right now for the Welsh wizard.
Real Madrid are in the midst of a terrible season, miles off the pace in La Liga, with Jose Mourinho’s only hope of saving his job appearing to lie in the Champions League. For that to happen, Real will need to beat Manchester United in the round of 16, and given their current squad that does appear to be a tall order.
The one caveat in this entire deal is that Jose may well not be at Real beyond this season, even if he does lead the club to European glory, and he may not wish to relinquish a future prospect like Bale for a shot at short terms success.