bwin has slashed the odds on Gareth Bale singing for Real Madrid in the next transfer window after the agent of the Tottenham Hotspur star appeared on Spanish TV and refused to rule out a summer move for the PFA Player of the Year.
Jonathan Barnett appeared on Marca TV, famously a mouthpiece for all things connected with Real Madrid, to talk up his client and deny, as previously reported, that discussions have begun on a new deal to keep the Welshman at White Hart Lane.
Bale, who struck 31 goals for club and country last season, including 20 in the Premier League, has long been linked with a move away from Spurs, but as of yet there have been no offers for the 23-year-old.
But Barnett seemed to welcome interest from the Spanish giants when he told the news provider “if Florentino [Pérez, the Real president] is interested in Gareth Bale, it would be an honour and we’d listen. But his contract is with Tottenham. We aren’t free to talk with anybody at the moment, that’s the point we’re at.
“Bale is a better player than [new Barcelona signing] Neymar and he’s demonstrated it in one of the best leagues in the world. I would imagine clubs want him not just because they missed out on Neymar but because of how good he is. He should be the first option, we’ll see … Bale is worth more than Neymar.
“I can understand a lot of teams are interested in him. He’s a great player but he has a contract with Tottenham. I don’t know if there has been a bid [from Real]. What I do know is that the player has three years left on his contract.”
His comments were enough to prompt bwin, having already quoted Madrid as favourites to be Bale’s next club, to cut the price from 3/1 to 2/1 on the former Southampton star swapping White Hart Lane for the Bernabeu this summer.
Manchester United remain the second-favourites to sign Bale at 7/2, with their neighbours Manchester City an 8/1 shot. Chelsea are quoted at 11/1, with Champions League winners Bayern Munich priced at 14/1 and big-spending Paris Saint-Germain a 33/1 chance to be Bale’s next club.
If you think that Tottenham will be able to keep hold of their prize asset until January at the earliest, you can back that outcome at 1/4.