Tottenham Hotspur have attempted to price Manchester City out of a move for winger Gareth Bale by slapping an £150 million price tag on the Welshman.
The 22-year-old has set Europe alight over the past 18 months, staring in the club's Champions League run last season and their title tilt this term.
Such has been his impact that the likes of Inter Milan and Barcelona have been linked with Bale, but City are the latest club to register their interest.
However, to ward off their advances, Spurs have put a £150 million price tag on Bale, a valuation which if matched would make the Wales international the most expensive player in world football.
The figure would be almost double to that which Real Madrid shelled out for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009, which saw the Portuguese winger swap Manchester for the Spanish capital in a deal worth £80 million.
Spurs successfully held off the advances of Chelsea for midfielder Luka Modric last summer, and may have a similarly tough task denying City.
Bale joined the north Londoners in 2009 from Southampton for £4 million and has since played a pivotal role for club and country.
City got a taste of what they could expect upon Bale's arrival on Sunday, as a stunning curling effort drawing Spurs level before the hosts' late winner.
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