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Tottenham Transfers: Real Madrid Reportedly Make Historic Bid for Gareth Bale

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19:   Gareth Bale of Tottenham controls the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland at White Hart Lane on May 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Frank WagnerCorrespondent IJuly 27, 2013

With just over a month remaining in the summer transfer window, Tottenham are entering a crucial portion of the dealing period.

Spurs are still searching for an experienced striker, fighting off offers for a few superstar squad members and trying to offload some of the side's extraneous members.

As there are so many important transactions still left to be made (and not made) in this window, even the unlikeliest of rumors surrounding the goings-on at White Hart Lane are meaningful enough to be analyzed by supporters.

One such piece of gossip that is making the rounds involves the potential transfer of Tottenham superstar Gareth Bale.

The 24-year-old Welshman is coming off a season that saw him more than double his career-best goalscoring tally on the path to winning the PFA Player of the Year award.

With such a fantastic season just completed and no Champions League football to look forward to at Spurs, Bale has been an obvious target for speculation this summer.

The most common club linked with a move for the winger has undoubtedly been Real Madrid.

The strongest link surfaced Saturday, though, as the Spanish giants could be amassing a historic sum that the North London club would have a hard time turning away.

According to ESPN, Madrid have submitted a record-breaking 100 million bid for Bale, a fee that would surpass the club's purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2009 for the highest in history.

Spanish newspaper Marca took the news a step further, claiming that Bale has become disgruntled with Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy and wants a move away immediately.

To be fair, though, the report from the overtly pro-Real newspaper looks eerily similar to those made about Luka Modric last summer, making one wonder if there's not some gamesmanship going on with that particular form of the press.

While the Daily Mail is reporting that Tottenham have already rejected this monumental offer, manager Andre Villas-Boas' refusal to answer questions about the situation and deny Bale's apparent request to leave, per The Telegraph, is a slightly worrying sign.

Then again, AVB has continually toed the line on the situation, sticking to his story that his superstar winger would be staying for another season, so perhaps he got tired of the repeated questions.

Still, a 100 million bid is absolutely incredible, even for a player of Bale's quality and potential.

If Spurs are able to hold their ground on this one, it could be a statement about their intentions going forward as an ambitious club.

On the other hand, if they decide that the money is too much to pass up, how the North London club decides to reinvest it will be key to the next few seasons at the Lane.

Either way, the next month will be pivotal to Tottenham's future.


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