While the football world has taken a break from club competition this week, speculation about the future of Tottenham's Gareth Bale has not taken any time off.
There is little doubt that Bale has become one of the most sought-after players in the world.
The Welshman has reached new heights over the past few months, scoring seven goals in five Premier League matches and carrying Spurs to a 12-match unbeaten run in the league. At the age of 23, one would expect Bale to stay at this level for at least the next couple of years and maybe even rise higher.
Further, unlike many of the other top superstars throughout Europe, Gareth seems to be a potentially attainable commodity, seeing as his club is struggling to book a place in next season's Champions League after two consecutive years of just missing out.
So what are the latest rumors on Gareth Bale's future at White Hart Lane?
The biggest development should be music to the ears of all Tottenham supporters, as the Metro is reporting that defending La Liga champions Real Madrid may be shifting their focus away from Bale and toward Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.
The Spanish giants had previously been linked to the winger on multiple occasions, including the Daily Mirror reporting that Madrid were ready to offer £60 million or a package of £30 million and midfielder Luka Modric in order to lure Bale to the Bernabeu.
However, Real Madrid have apparently become disillusioned by the £70 million price tag Spurs have placed on the winger's head.
After last summer's drawn-out negotiations in wooing Modric from White Hart Lane, Madrid likely realize that any negotiations will result in them paying a similar price. Hence, if they are uncomfortable paying that price, it makes sense for them to pull out.
While this may be true, though, the Metro is also reporting that Real Madrid are looking to target Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas as a replacement for current manager Jose Mourinho.
This may be a shrewd piece of business from the Spanish club, as Bale's loyalties could be divided should that rumor come to fruition, making it easier to lure him away from Tottenham.
Meanwhile, The Sun is reporting a rumor that Paris Saint-Germain are getting ready to make a summer move for Gareth.
The nouveau riche club, which was bought by a wealthy Qatari investment company, has spent tons of money over the past few years bringing in superstar names.
While the French club certainly has the money, it is unclear whether the Welshman would be tempted by such an offer, who has even been quoted saying, “At the moment PSG aren't at the level of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United or Bayern Munich.”
Further, the credibility of the rumor is quite questionable, as it is solely based on the speculation of former Spurs director of football Damien Comolli.
Meanwhile, the speculation surrounding a possible bid from Bayern Munich has gone awfully quiet over the past few weeks after the Daily Mail reported last month the German giants are lining up a blockbuster summer deal.
With Spurs likely uncomfortable with selling their top commodity to another Premier League club, the three aforementioned clubs seem to be the most likely destinations for Gareth Bale this summer.
How Bale would fit in at PSG, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich notwithstanding, these three clubs all seem to have means and reason to get Bale.
Whether or not Tottenham finish in the top four will obviously have a huge effect on how this transfer saga plays out, as will each club's willingness to pony up the hefty fee.
Of course, only time will tell which of these clubs will attempt to lure Bale away and whether or not the winger will stay at White Hart Lane another season.
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