Here in the Football Transfer Tavern we have been considering whether Tottenham star Gareth Bale is really worth the world record price quoted for his services.
Now it appears that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is having similar thoughts.
The latest reports come from Mail Online who suggest that doubt has been cast over Gareth Bale’s proposed transfer to Real Madrid after Perez insisted that the reported price tag of £85 million is too much to pay for the Spurs ace.
The Madrid chief reportedly met with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy yesterday but has now said: “To pay €100 million (£85m) for Gareth Bale seems a lot to me.”
Everyone in the tavern expected Madrid to smash the world record transfer fee on Bale but the latest comments from Perez make some Spurs fans think they could keep hold of the former Southampton man this summer.
Madrid signed Cristiano Ronaldo for £80 million back in 2009 and it was thought the Bernabeu side were willing to beat this record on the Welsh star however that may now not be the case.
The ever-prudent Levy is trying to force Madrid to pay as much for Bale as possible, with the White Hart Lane club believed to be demanding over £100 million for the PFA and Young Player of the Year.
Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has now refused to speculate about the reports after he annoyed Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas last week in a press conference.
“I won’t speak about Bale, because I have already angered him (Villas-Boas) and I don’t want to anger another coach,” the Madrid boss said.”
“I didn’t say anything in particular and I prefer not to talk about this.”