Barcelona have begun a tug of war with Manchester United for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, and the fight could lead to a record transfer fee, reports are speculating.
Bale has reinstated his rightful place as a star in Tottenham’s squad after returning from a back injury he sustained in early January. And should Spurs not qualify for Champions League at the end of this season, both United and Barcelona will be hoping Bale decides to move to a side that can guarantee him some European top flight action.
Reports are suggesting Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola is looking to build on his lethal midfield outfit, after being unhappy with the performances of Maxwell, Adriano and Eric Abidal of late.
While Arsenal were shown to be a second rate side in their Champions League final 16 clash with Barca, Tottenham have progressed to the quarter finals, and Guardiola will no doubt be watching Bale’s performance very closely - particular if Spurs draw Barca.
Manchester United, meanwhile, reportedly have over £100 million to spend in the summer, and Gareth Bale is at the top of Sir Alex Ferguson’s list. United striker Dimitar Berbatov, who left Tottenham for Manchester United three years ago, recently said Bale is “one of the best players in the world.”
United will be banking on Bale wanting to stay in England, while Barcelona are hoping that after their performance against Arsenal, Bale will see how much he can learn from being a part of the Barca side.
“Barcelona are playing great football right now," Bale told reporters. "They show each week that they are a great team.”
When asked about his future, the Spurs star wouldn’t give too much away. “"At the moment I'm happy at Tottenham," he said. "The truth is I can not discuss this matter. I'm enjoying the football here and I hope to improve."