The Metro are reporting that Real Madrid are to up the stakes in their attempt to acquire Gareth Bale from Tottenham, by offering the London club Fabio Coentrao as part of a potential deal.
After months of speculation, Madrid have seemingly yet to make any inroads in their pursuit of the Welsh winger. But offering the versatile left-back as partial compensation could make Spurs more likely to listen.
A figure around the value of £85m has been discussed, but Daniel Levy is a notoriously difficult customer when it comes to agreeing fees with other clubs.
The Galaticos value Coentrao at roughly £10m and the Portuguese can operate in both midfield and defence.
Andre Villas-Boas this week sounded irritated when quizzed about the future of his star player.
"He is a player that we are willing to continue to have, he's a Tottenham player, he's one of the most fantastic players in the world at the moment. I can't make any more comments. I don't want to repeat myself in all press conferences," explained the Spurs coach.
It seems that AVB is unhappy with the constant speculation, but Fabio Coentrao would be a small consolation if he is part of a deal that takes Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu.
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