Tottenham have received a separate offer in addition to Real Madrid’s world record £86m bid for Gareth Bale, say sources at the north London club.


The Spanish giants remain in pole
position to sign the 24-year-old
Welshman, but Spurs say no
agreement has been reached with
The second bidder’s identity is not
known but Manchester United have
been linked with the forward this
Spurs have approached Chelsea
about buying a player to replace
After his side’s 1-0 win over
Swansea on Sunday, Spurs coach
Andre Villas-Boas said he expects
Bale, who has been in Madrid this
week, to be back at training on
Tuesday if a deal has not been
agreed with Real.
Real play away to Granada on
Monday night having won their
opening La Liga fixture 2-1 at home
to Real Betis.
Their next home game will be on
Sunday – a day before the transfer
window closes on 2 September –
against Athletic Bilbao.
Bale, who joined Spurs in a £10m
deal from Southampton in 2007, was
named player of the year by both
the Professional Footballers’
Association and Football Writers last
season after scoring 26 goals for
the White Hart Lane side.
Madrid have already spent in excess
of £50m this summer, bringing in
Spanish midfielders Asier
Illarramendi from Real Sociedad
and Malaga’s Isco for £34m and
£23m respectively.
Spurs were close to signing
Brazilian winger Willian last week
before a late bid from Chelsea beat
them to his signature.
Losing out to their London rivals
has delayed Spurs finalising the
departure of Bale, although a
Chelsea attacker has been
identified as a potential
However, Spurs are frustrated that
Chelsea are refusing to sell a player
who could now find himself behind
Willian in the Stamford Bridge
pecking order.

posted by janjaweed!


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