Barcelona were offered Tottenham star Gareth Bale two years ago for €40 million, it has been revealed.

El Mundo Deportivo says Barca president Sandro Rosell agreed to move for Bale two summers ago and made a formal approach to Spurs about the Welshman.

The London club were prepared to sell - for €40 million. But Rosell and his directors believed the fee was excessive.

Barca tried again 12 months later before deciding to go for former Valencia wing-back Jordi Alba.

Bale is now expected to sign for Real Madrid for a world record €100 million this month.

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