The People says Real Madrid have offered a world record £86m for Bale, but White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy is holding out for £100m.
If it goes down to the wire, Spurs boss AVB is scared it will sabotage the team’s Premier League start – like the tug of war over Luka Modric did last time around.
Midfield maestro Modric finally left for Real Madrid for £33m just days before the end-of-August deadline. But the affair cast a shadow over Tottenham’s early season form – and ultimately cost them a Champions League place.
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