Transfer balls news round-up: Spurs sell not-for-sale Gareth Bale for less than Real Madrid offer
TRANSFER Balls: Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid is occupying the back pages. And not a single source has a clue what is going on. Having read that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is and isn’t talking to Bale, the experts in the media bring us more news:
Bale has been targeted by the Spanish giants for a world-record transfer worth potentially £85m and has moved to force the issue by informing Spurs that he is ready to leave, despite Levy’s insistence that he will not be sold at any price.
Sir Alex Ferguson famously said that he would not sell them a virus, just a few weeks before Cristiano Ronaldo strode out on the catwalk at the Bernabeu, flashbulbs blazing. That summer, in 2009, AC Milan had been just as confident, just as certain. Adriano Galliani, their chief executive, said Kaka would not leave. Kaka said Kaka would not leave. Kaka left.
It was the same with Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo. Every time, Barcelona and Juventus and Inter Milan said they would resist the overtures, stand tall and stay strong, that no amount of money would tempt them to the table.
They say selling is impossible. They say it cannot and will not be done.
Every time, Florentino Perez and Real Madrid get their man.
The Express: “Why Gareth Bale is not for sale – even if Spurs are offered a record £82m”
Sports Pulse: “Real Madrid have been stunned by Tottenham’s stance that Gareth Bale will only be sold for a whopping 145 million euros.”
Malaysian Insider: “Spanish giants Real Madrid can have Gareth Bale (pic) – if they offer a world record £85 million (about RM420 million) plus a player.”
Indy: “Transfer news: Spurs will cash in on Gareth Bale when Real Madrid offer over £80m”
Other papers says they have. And Spurs haven’t.
Marca: “Gareth Bale was hoping Daniel Levy would keep his word and accept Real Madrid’s staggering offer of £80 million (€93 million).”
The Guardian: “He and his advisers are aware of Madrid’s determination to secure him before Carlo Ancelotti’s first campaign in charge and have been left exasperated by Levy’s reluctance to consider an offer that would be worth a world record €100m (£86.3m), which the player believes is still on the table. ”
The Sun: “The Wales star is the target of a £95million offer from Real Madrid but Levy has so far refused to sell.”
Such are the facts…