Real Madrid are odds-on to sign Gareth Bale amid reports that the Tottenham Hotspur star has agreed terms over a prospective £85m move to the Bernabeu.
Spanish daily Marca, widely regarded as the most prominent mouthpiece for Los Blancos, claims that the Welshman will sign a six-year deal worth £8.5m per year if Spurs accept what would surely be a huge bid for his services.
Real are yet to make an official offer but they have mounted a huge charm offensive to lure the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year, who is hot property after firing 31 goals for club and country last term.
President Florentino Perez has made no secret of his desire to sign Bale and sporting director Zinedine Zidane has also discussed the possibility of the 24-year-old making the move to the Spanish capital.
The latest reports have seen Real’s odds of snapping up the former Southampton flier slashed considerably from 15/4 all the way down to 9/10.
Perez is apparently willing to go beyond the world record £80m he paid to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to the club from Manchester United in 2009, but Tottenham are determined to keep their prized asset.
Indeed, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas attempted to scotch the rumours by insisting once again that he has assurances from chairman Daniel Levy that Bale will not be sold this summer.
“On Gareth I want to repeat what I was telling you last season and what I was telling you from the beginning of pre-season so I cannot extend myself,” he said.
“He’s a player that we are willing to continue to have, he’s a Tottenham player, he’s one of the most fantastic players in the world and we are counting on him for the future.”
Punters who believe Spurs will manage to hang on to Bale beyond the end of the current transfer window can back this eventuality at 4/5 – a big move from their previous price of 3/20.
Manchester United have a long-standing interest in the player but they are now rated as 6/1 outsiders to bring him to Old Trafford this summer, having been as short as 5/2 prior to the Marca revelations.
All other clubs are priced at 50/1 and higher to sign Bale before September 4th.