Andoni Zubizarreta - the sporting director at Barcelona - last night confirmed that the Spanish giants are interested in Gareth Bale.
Tottenham star Bale is attracting interest from Europe's top clubs, including Barcalona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Manchester United. This interest has intensified after his stunning hat-trick in the San Siro against Inter last month.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly lining up a bumper bid which could include numerous first team players, including Michael Carrick, Ji-Sung Park, Michael Owen and Anderson plus money, depending on which report you believe.
But Barcelona have now gone public that they are watching the 21-year-old's developments, which will come as a major concern to Tottenham as they battle to hold onto their prize asset.
Zubizarreta, talking to COM radio, said: "He is an interesting footballer with a different style which could be positive for La Liga. But I need to make it clear I have not spoken to anyone."
However, the fact that one of Barcelona's power makers is talking openly about Bale may infuriate Spurs after the Spanish club's very public courting of Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas last summer.
It marks a remarkable turn around in fortunes for the Welsh prodigy, as he was nearly offloaded to Championship side Nottingham Forest in January. Now, he's possibly the hottest property in all of Europe.
There will be no shortage of takers for Bale, even though he only signed a new five year contract in May 2010 after finally coming good for Spurs during the second half of last season, ending a run in which Tottenham hadn't won a league match in 24 attempts whilst Bale was playing.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has insisted Bale is not for sale, and the player himself has said he is happy at the club, but Inter Milan have put him top of their Christmas wish list.
Bale, who can play left wing or left midfield, joined Tottenham from Southampton for £5m in 2007 but Tottenham can now expect to make a huge profit if they decide to sell.
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