With Zidane backing, Bale set to make Madrid move?
Tottenham have reportedly agreed to a Gareth Bale transfer to Real Madrid in exchange for a world-record fee of over 80 million pounds plus having Luka Modric back from the Spanish club.
According to the Mirror, the hard-line stance initially adopted by the White Hart Lane club's chairman, Daniel Levy, over Bale is softening as the price Real are willing to pay escalates beyond all expectations.
So far, left-back Fabio Coentrao and winger Angel Di Maria are the players Real have been prepared to offer up in addition to stacks of cash but Di Maria does not want to go to the Londoners, and now Modric has emerged as a surprise target, the report said.
Zinedine Zidane said that Madrid was not going to give up on Gareth Bale although it was normal that Spurs wanted to keep him and make him sign a new contract, but it was impossible to forget a player of his quality.
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