Real Madrid have reportedly had a bid of £81million rejected for Tottenham star Gareth Bale, and they are now set to improve on that bid to secure the Welshman's services.
But can they afford him?
Real Madrid are notorious for splashing the cash, as shown year after year on the world's top players. But having already spent a considerable amount of money this summer can they afford their number one target?
Daniel Levy has insisted that Bale will not come cheap, a sum in the region of £100million may be the only way the Spanish club could land him.
Madrid have spent around £60million already this summer on players such as Isco, Asier Illarramendi and Daniel Carvajal.
They have raised around £57million by selling the likes of Jose Callejon, Raul Albiol and Gonzalo Higuain.
As their summer spending stands they will have little issues balancing the books to comply with financial fair play regulations, but another £100million of expenditure without considerable sales could leave them quite far into the red.
There's more to take into account though, Cristiano Ronaldo was said to have paid off his £80million fee in shirt sales within one year, could Bale do the same?
Well the Madrid fans are desperate for him to move to the Bernabeu so it perhaps would take a little longer, but it would get paid off eventually.
£100million is a lot of money, even for Real Madrid but I think realistically to rival Barcelona's deadly-duo of Lionel Messi and Neymar, Bale is neccersary.
Signing Bale is vital to Real Madrid and they should do everything in their power to make sure they can afford him.
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