The sharks are circling around Tottenham star Gareth Bale, but Harry Redknapp is set on keeping him, for now at least.
Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly put forward his hopes of securing the defender, with an opening offer of £30 million, according to The Sunday Express. This forms part of Ferguson’s rumoured £100 million spending plan for the 2011 summer transfer period, with Aston Villa’s Ashley Young and Sunderland’s Jordan Henderson also believed to be on Ferguson’s hopeful list.
The BBC website is quoting reports that Chelsea has also shown interest in the Tottenham defender, with rumours of a £40 million offer looming. It’s speculated that Chelsea are hoping to lower the average age of their squad, and 21 year old Bale would help achieve this.
Inter Milan have been connected with the star in the past, however both Inter CEO Ernesto Paollilo and Spurs manager Harry Redknapp tried to quash the rumours, with Paollilo insisting “it is not true”.
Redknapp moved to assure fans that Tottenham would not be letting go of Bale, even if they don’t qualify for Champions League at the end of the season.
Bale has also been linked to Barcelona, with Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta telling the Daily Mirror: “Gareth is certainly an interesting player - he has typical features that make him set for a league like La Liga.”