Bale out: Man City set to offer Spurs £40m players-plus-cash deal for midfield star
Massive transfer would see the Welsh winger triple his salary and potentially see Adebayor and another star swap Eastlands for Tottenham
Manchester City are ready to make a £40million raid on Tottenham for Gareth Bale. Super-rich City will try to make the move happen by offering the Welsh wonder THREE times his wages, which would put him on over £100,000-a-week.
The league leaders’ Arab owners have given their blessing to the staggering swoop, and are ready to propose a cash-plus-player package.
Bale may be tempted to make the move after dropping heavy hints that he will review his future this summer. He said in a recent interview, “If we don’t [qualify for the Champions League], I have to discuss what’s best for myself.”
However, sources close to the situation say that even qualification for Europe’s top club competition will not stop the move happening.
Bale has been heavily linked with a move abroad, with Barcelona in the frame, but staying in the Premier League and competing for the title and other top prizes may suit him more.
The contract that would be on offer at Eastlands – worth almost £30m over five years – makes it almost a no-brainer for the Welsh star, who is arguably the best in Britain at his age.
Background work on the transfer is already going on but the nitty-gritty of figures will be hard for the negotiators, because of the size and nature of the move.
Striker Emmanuel Adebayor – on loan from City to Spurs for the season – would make his switch permanent if the clubs can agree the more complicated part of the talks.
The big striker is still on a giant wage and Tottenham would not want to pick that up, so his final value in the deal will have to be carefully assessed.
City may also offer another player in the deal if Spurs boss Harry Redknapp and his chairman Daniel Levy do want to play ball, with Nigel De Jong and Adam Johnson both potentially on the list of candidates.