Tottenham Hotspur have rejected an €85million plus Fabio Coentrao bid from Real Madrid for Gareth Bale and demanded and extra €5million.
According to AS, Florentino Perez went with the offer to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy with the offer this week and, in typical Levy style, was told to increase it.
Real Madrid have been pursuing Gareth Bale for much of the summer and a world record £100million was mooted.
Reports this week claimed Bale had told international teammates he would not play for the White Hart Lane club again and had made it clear that he wanted the switch to la Liga.
Andre Villas-Boas has repeatedly insisted the Welshman is not for sale, but this latest report would suggest that Tottenham have got to the point where they are ready to accept an offer at a certain level.
It also claims that Spurs wanted the inclusion of either Alvaro Morata or Jese Rodriguez in the deal, but Santiago Bernabeu officials refused and placated the north London side with the offer of Coentrao.
Benoi Assou-Ekotto has been linked with a move away from Tottenham, with many suggesting he should be dropped from the left-back spot in favour of Danny Rose, who has returned from a promising season on loan at Sunderland.
However, Coentrao would provide vast international experience, what with him being a Portugal regular, and he is still regarded as one of the world’s leading left-backs.
AS claim Tottenham are in no hurry to finalise the deal and still retain hope of hanging on to Bale, but the 24-year-old is adamant he will not train properly or play until he is granted his move away.