Gareth Bale remains one of the hottest properties in world football and Real Madrid have had no shame in admitting they are absolutely hell-bent on signing the Welsh wizard from Tottenham.
According to recent reports, Los Blancos have launched an eye-watering bid in the region £86m in order to secure the services of their coveted prize, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has supposedly refused to even consider such an offer.
The ongoing transfer saga of Bale reminds me of a similar situation only a few seasons ago concerning a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real Madrid went about their transfer business in a funny way that doesn't tend to make them many friends in the footballing world, but ultimately they're successful in landing their targets - and that is all they are concerned with.
When Ronaldo was a Manchester United player, just like they are doing now with Bale, Madrid made it abundantly clear that their intentions were to sign the Portuguese and nothing would deter them from doing so.
Amidst all this speculation, in December 2008 Sir Alex Ferguson attempted to quell the rumours by famously stating: "You don't think we'd get into a contract with that mob? I wouldn't sell them a virus."
Fast forward roughly a year-and-a-half later and United had accepted a world record £80m bid from Los Blancos for Ronaldo. So off he went, following in the footsteps of former United players Ruud van Nistelrooy, David Beckham and Gabriel Heinze to the Bernabeu.
It would seem Sir Alex was willing to sell 'that mob' more than just a virus after all.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy seems to be attempting to take the same line as Sir Alex, standing firm and doing anything he can within his power to hold on to his player, but this seems only to have had negative effects for all parties but Madrid.
Rumours have surfaced that Bale is absolutely distraught at Levy's reluctance to do business and claims from his representatives have been made that the chairman has 'broken promises'.
As if that wasn't enough, in a recent interview after Tottenham's 6-0 thrashing of South China, manager Andre Villas-Boas refused to deny any claims that the player had personally asked to leave the club.
One final note is that further claims have been made that Madrid have even gone as far as to reserve the number 11 shirt for Bale.
Seeing Bale leave will certainly hurt Tottenham fans but you can hardly blame the player for wanting to go. The Madrid boat doesn't come along very often (if ever) and if he is to continue evolving in his career as a footballer, showcasing his talents on the biggest stage of club football in the Champions League is mandatory.
It would seem only a matter of time before we see Bale packing his bags and heading for the Spanish capital in order to join Los Blancos and pursue his dream of Champions League football.
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