Real Madrid have told Harry Redknapp that he can buy Lassana Diarra, but only on the condition that Tottenham give the Spanish giants first option to buy Gareth Bale in 2013, according to Metro.
Bale has long been a target for Real Madrid, after the winger shone against the best in Europe in Spurs' Champions League campaign last season.
But Tottenham are now looking toward a season in the Europa League, and are facing problems with attracting top talent as a result.
Bale has continually insisted he is committed to Tottenham, but the Wales international’s contract runs out at the club in 2013, and Madrid want the ability to purchase the 22-year-old if he continues to get better.
Manchester United have been linked numerous times to Diarra over the summer, but Sir Alex Ferguson’s interest in the winger cooled after he signed England international winger Ashley Young.
And with United not chasing the star anymore, Tottenham won’t have to contend with a club that can offer the ability to win trophies in England and Europe next season.
Diarra is reportedly hopeful of securing a deal in the Barclays Premier League this summer, and with Tottenham hoping to steal the march on bigger clubs like United and challenge for Champions League qualification next season, Redknapp may indeed decide that it’s better to take on Diarra and keep Bale for the next two years.
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