Tottenham: Gareth Bale & Andre Villas-Boas to join Real Madrid?

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Real Madrid are targeting both Tottenham Hotspur's star player Gareth Bale and manager Andre Villas-Boas, according to the Sunday People.

The Spanish giants are reportedly prepared to spend £40m on Bale - Spurs' top scorer - while also luring Villas-Boas from White Hart Lane should fellow Portuguese manager José Mourinho quit the Bernabeu, as expected, this summer.

Villas-Boas, who has earned much praise this season after recovering from being sacked by Chelsea just over a year ago, would cost Real £10m in compensation.

Real Madrid bosses allegedly made contact with Villas-Boas' representatives last month.

Admired for his painstaking approach, the 35-year-old is thought to share some of the managerial traits that have made Mourinho successful, and worked under the current Real Madrid manager during his fruitful spell with Chelsea.

It's believed that both Bale and Villas-Boas would favour another season at Tottenham, but failure to qualify for the Champions League could alter their decision, with the latter previously announcing his decision to wait until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old player, however, is arguably more fundamental to Spurs' aspired ascendency into the Premier League's elite group. His 17 goals in 28 appearances this campaign have made him a contender for the PFA Player of the Year award.

Meanwhile, French-born Benoit Assou-Ekotto is expected to join AS Monaco at the end of the season following an injury-troubled season in north London.


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