Metro are worrying Tottenham fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern as they note that the club are preparing themselves for a late bid for Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.
The Spanish side have been linked to the Welshman all summer long and are now trying to raise funds to build the £100 million package that they think will land the midfielder.
The Spanish media are even reporting that Florentino Perez is confident that he can land the player for around £80 million and present a world class signing to his new manager Carlo Ancelotti.
In order to not only try and convince Bale to stay but also to have some extra firepower should he decide to leave, Tottenham are are preparing to make a bid for Valencia hitman Roberto Soldado after seeing former top target Christian Benteke sign a new deal with Aston Villa.
The Spanish international is a top striker and his price is certainly reflected in that. Valencia will not let him leave for less than the £25.5 million release clause in his contract. As we all know, Daniel Levy is a shrewd businessman and knows that at 28, Valencia may well have to accept a bid of slightly less – in the region of £18 million for the forward.