The president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez, is desperate to bring some good cheer to the Bernabeu, for various reasons. The best way of doing that, of course, is to win things, but that will have to wait for next season. Perez must get the fans and players believing, however, and that means some new players to go with the new manager. Right at the top of the transfer wish list, apparently, is Gareth Bale.
The last time Real Madrid wanted a player from the English Premier League club Tottenham, they were made to work hard and spend a lot of money, but eventually got their man. That was Luka Modric and he finally proved just why he was so coveted by Madrid with a game changing performance against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The latest Tottenham player to become the target for Real Madrid is the Welshman Gareth Bale. The 23-year old is having his best season ever, adding goals to his previous talents on the wing, just as Cristiano Ronaldo did before. Tottenham are desperate to hold on to Bale, and will offer him a huge pay rise, but Madrid are planning to blow that out of the water, according to the Daily Mirror.
Jose Mourinho is planning a bid of around £35 million to bring Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. The Wales and Tottenham winger is wanted by the special one to save a season which is in danger of being disastrous. Madrid face a tough double header in the Spanish cup against Valencia starting tonight. If they go out of the Copa Del Rey, the only real chance of a trophy this season is the champions league, because Barcelona have a lead of 18 points in the Primera Liga.
Real Madrid chased Luka Modric from Tottenham for a long time before finally getting their man this summer. He was not cheap, costing around £33 million, but was expected to be an instant success and help Madrid to retain the Spanish league title. Well it hasn’t worked out so far, but his team mate, Xabi Alonso, has backed him to come good as long as he is given a little more time to settle in at the club.
“I don’t think it’s pressure. He plays in a position where we have several players and he’s adapting to a new club and a new league. It took me a while to adapt on my return to La Liga.
Real Madrid fans are probably used to the idea that Jose Mourinho will not be the manager of the club next season, and many will not be too upset about the idea. Mourinho did a great job winning the Spanish Primera Liga last season with a record number of points. He also managed to disrupt the seemingly untouchable Barcelona and halted the domination of Pep Guardiola. If he wins the Champions league for Madrid this season, his place in the history of the club will be secure, but his abrasive nature and the style of football his teams play is not in the traditional Real Madrid way.
There were rumours linking the Welsh wing wizard Gareth Bale with a move to Real Madrid this summer, but he decided or was persuaded to stay at Tottenham Hotspur, for one more season at least. The 23-year old might soon change his mind, after his former team mate at White Hart Lane has urged Bale to accept a move to Madrid that would be good for the club and the player.
The manager and the board, from the chairman Daniel Levy down, at Tottenham Hotspur did everything they could in the summer to persuade Luka Modric to stay. When that didn’t work they tried everything they could to make it hard for Real Madrid to sign the player but it was all to no avail.
They will be even unhappier with the Croatian international now, after he issued a statement which encouraged the Welsh winger to come to Madrid. Bale showed that he is a world class player with a fantastic late double against Scotland on Friday and Modric believes he would love to play at the Bernabeu and the Madrid fans would love him back.
There are two clear signs that the Tottenham and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric will be announced as the new addition to the Real Madrid team. Firstly, the 26-year old creative midfielder did not feature in the squad for Tottenham in their opening game of the Premier league season, which they lost to Newcastle. Secondly, Jose Mourinho has not included Nuri Sahin in his 22 man squad ahead of Madrid’s opener today against Valencia.
That might not seem like absolute proof, it isn’t, but in football nothing is definite until it is announced officially. Modric will have to undergo a medical and the personal terms will have to be finalized, but it is all over bar the shouting.
Two major changes in the midfield of Real Madrid could soon be completed. Tottenham play maker Luka Modric is due to play for Croatia in a friendly against Switzerland tonight, and his national manager Igor Stimac believes he is on the verge of becoming a Real Madrid player.
Meanwhile Silvio Berlusconi has intimated that more money from the recent sales of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva will be made available for the transfer of Kaka back to his former club AC Milan.
Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid are not doing too much in the transfer market this summer, but they are focused on two key acquisitions. Luka Modric will complete the formidable line up in midfield, as long as Daniel Levy from Tottenham and Florentino Perez from Madrid can come to an agreement.
Neither man is willing to back down, and Modric has attempted to force Spurs’ hand by refusing to go on the club’s pre-season tour of America. There is a gap of around 10 million euros between what Spurs want and what Madrid want to pay.