Gareth Bale is now just 6/5 to sign for Real Madrid this summer after both club president Florentino Perez and sporting director Zinedine Zidane reaffirmed their admiration of the Tottenham Hotspur star in the last 24 hours.
In a transfer saga that looks set to dominate the summer, Bale has been strongly linked with a move to the Spanish giants following Spurs’ failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League and Los Blancos’ charm offensive has been ramping up in recent weeks.
Perez, along with Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett, have both refused to rule out a switch for the PFA Player of the Year and once again this week the Bernabeu president said money would be no object should the 23-year-old become available.
“It is the same as one would think if we had a tennis section and (Rafa) Nadal was asking us for all this money. For these players that generate and produce income, you can give your whole life,” he told Marca.
“I demonstrated in the year 2000 that with these players you can change dynamic, you can shift from losing to winning. Then you have to look carefully at who the player in question is.
“We are not going to talk too much about Bale because he plays at a very amicable club and they will be annoyed by too much talk about him – I know their chairman well and he doesn’t like things like that.
“But I repeat, we have a long list, but there will be one particular player, of course.”
Club legend Zidane also added flames to the fire, claiming that every big club in Europe should be looking to sign Bale.
“The talk about Gareth Bale is not a surprise,” said Zidane. “It is impossible to have the season he just had and not be linked with the biggest clubs in Europe.
“If any club is going to tempt Spurs, then it will take big money – maybe even record-breaking money.
“There are four or five clubs at the moment who have the finances not to be put off by a record-breaking fee like that.”
Madrid’s latest attempts to flutter their eyelashes in the direction of Bale, who hit 31 goals for club and country last season, have made bwin cut the price on the Welshman playing with the La Liga side from 2/1 to 6/5, although Los Blancos are not the only team in the betting.
Manchester United are thought to be long-standing admirers of Bale and bwin go 7/1 that he ends up at Old Trafford this summer, with neighbours Manchester City an 11/1 chance.
Champions League winners Bayern Munich are 18/1 to tempt the Welsh flier away, while Chelsea are 20/1 to make Bale swap north London for west London.
It is 33/1 and bigger for any other side, with Juventus and Barcelona both 50/1 and Arsenal 200/1 to make a sensational swoop for their rivals’ best player.
Alternatively, you can find a price of 3/5 that Bale is still a Tottenham player after the summer transfer window slams shut.