Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says he is not daunted by the prospect of paying a world record £85 million for Tottenham ace Gareth Bale, insisting he would regard spending such a sum on a player as an 'investment'.
Bale has been linked with a move to Madrid after his sensational form this season helped him bag both PFA Player and Young Player of the Year award, as well as 21 Premier League goals.
Madrid greats Zinedine Zidane and Figo have led the charm offensive as the Spanish giants attempt to manoeuvre themselves into a position where they are able to land the Welshman, however Spurs are said to be resolute in their insistence that he will not leave this summer and have offered the 23-year-old a new contract extension.
Now Perez has spoken out on the prospect of landing Bale amidst reports that he is prepared to break the world record £80 million transfer fee he paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
"He's one of the big players out there in Europe and Real Madrid always likes big players," he told Punto Pelota when quizzed about Bale.
"I met Tottenham chairman Levy last year and he has an obligation to defend their interests.
"Regarding the figures spoken about Bale, players are neither cheap nor expensive, but an investment. Most expensive players are those that can be classified as an investment because, if they are very good, they produce a return."
Despite his bullish attitude over a move for Bale, Perez insisted he was not interested in making a move for Barcelona playmaker Thiago Alcantara, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, and is believed to have an £18 million release clause in his contract.
He said: "Thiago is a good player, but I do not know if they want to sell and we are not going to pay the release clause of anyone."
Perez added of rumours linking Madrid with a move for Malaga starlet Isco, who could be on his way to Manchester City: Isco's father was in the club's offices recently, accompanying a representative of Malaga," continued Perez. "I had to do some business related to La Liga. We have not spoken to him or Malaga."