Gareth Bale Transfer Rumours: Latest News on the Tottenham Hotspur Star

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMay 20, 2013

Gareth Bale Transfer Rumours: Latest News on the Tottenham Hotspur Star

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    Gareth Bale might have signed a new contract last summer with Tottenham Hotspur, but following a stellar season, the star winger is very much in demand again.

    Rumors have flown in over the past few weeks and months for the Welsh star, with a number of clubs around the world interested in him. Which, given his incredible achievements this season for the North London club that culminated in him winning the PFA Player of the Year Award, is pretty understandable.

    So is Bale going to be on the move this summer, or will he stay at White Hart Lane? And if he is going to be on the move, which club will he end up next year?

    Read for all the latest rumors, news and gossip on the Tottenham Hotspur winger. I'll be updating this page as more transfer updates and such come in, so make sure you bookmark it for all the latest developments surrounding Gareth Bale this summer.

Latest News on Staying at Spurs

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    Gareth Bale might have signed a new contract last summer with Tottenham Hotspur, but following a stellar season, the star winger is very much in demand again.

    Rumors have flown in over the past few weeks and months for the Welsh star, with a number of clubs around the world interested in him. Which, given his incredible achievements this season for the North London club that culminated in him winning the PFA Player of the Year Award, is pretty understandable.

    So is Bale going to be on the move this summer, or will he stay at White Hart Lane? And if he is going to be on the move, which club will he end up next year?

    Read for all the latest rumors, news and gossip on the Tottenham Hotspur winger. I'll be updating this page as more transfer updates and such come in, so make sure you bookmark it for all the latest developments surrounding Gareth Bale this summer.

Latest News on Other Clubs Tracking Bale

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    Real Madrid remain the most likely club to sign Bale this summer, but a number have other clubs around the world have emerged as potential landing spots for the winger.

     

    UPDATE: Monday, June 17, at 4:06 a.m. ET by Dan Talintyre

    Big-spending French champions Paris Saint Germain are believed to have entered the race for Bale in an attempt to try and lure manager Andre Villas-Boas to the club.

    The Daily Mirror reports that PSG have already had one move for Villas-Boas turned down and are now trying to sign the PFA Player of the Year in an attempt to sign the Portuguese manager. The club are believed to be considering a world record £85 million bid for Bale, with their 2012-13 manager Carlo Ancelotti believed to be the front-runner for the vacant managerial position at Real Madrid.

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    UPDATE: Tuesday, May 21, at 9:51 p.m. ET by Dan Talintyre

    Manchester United also emerged as an early potential player in the "Gareth Bale sweepstakes," and whilst noise has died down on this front over the past few weeks, the Red Devils are still thought to be keen on the winger and will definitely track him closely over the summer transfer window.

    The Daily Mirror reports that United will look to tests Spurs' resolve this summer, given that they've missed out on Champions League qualification for 2013.

    Former United legend Mark Hughes also stated that he thought Bale would be a great signing for the league champions—telling the BBC that he thinks the winger is "made to measure" for United.

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    UPDATE: Monday, May 20, at 5:07 a.m. ET by Dan Talintyre

    The latest reports from the Manchester Evening News suggest that in addition to the aforementioned clubs, Manchester City, Barcelona and Chelsea are all also interested in the star striker, with all of those clubs possessing the financial means required to purchase the expensive star.

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Latest News on a Potential Move to Real Madrid

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    Gareth Bale might have signed a new contract last summer with Tottenham Hotspur, but following a stellar season, the star winger is very much in demand again.

    Rumors have flown in over the past few weeks and months for the Welsh star, with a number of clubs around the world interested in him. Which, given his incredible achievements this season for the North London club that culminated in him winning the PFA Player of the Year Award, is pretty understandable.

    So is Bale going to be on the move this summer, or will he stay at White Hart Lane? And if he is going to be on the move, which club will he end up next year?

    Read for all the latest rumors, news and gossip on the Tottenham Hotspur winger. I'll be updating this page as more transfer updates and such come in, so make sure you bookmark it for all the latest developments surrounding Gareth Bale this summer.

Latest News on a New Contract at Spurs

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    The biggest question, then, if he's going to stay at Tottenham Hotspur is as to whether he'll sign a new deal at the club to signal his long-standing commitment.

     

    UPDATE: Monday, July 8, at 11:45 p.m. ET by Dan Talintyre

    With reports emerging that Real Madrid are slowing down in their pursuit for the winger, Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly getting ready once more to offer Bale a new deal. And according to The Daily Mirror, that contract could be put together by the club as soon as this week.

    Tottenham will attempt to finalise a new contract with Gareth Bale when he returns for training to the club this week. Boss Andre Villas-Boas and technical director Franco Baldini will lead the attempt to convince Bale to commit himself to White Hart Lane for at least one more season. Spurs are prepared to smash their wage structure and pay £70 million-rated Bale £170,000 a week if he agrees to extend his deal. 

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    UPDATE: Wednesday, May 22, at 4:20 a.m. ET by Dan Talintyre

    Dominic Fifield at The Guardian reports that Bale is on the brink of signing a new contract at Spurs—believed to be around £150,000 per-week.

    Gareth Bale is poised to commit his immediate future to Tottenham Hotspur after agreeing improved terms in principle to remain at White Hart Lane despite the club's failure to reach the Champions League. The deal is expected to include a release clause for bids over £50m that can be triggered at the end of next season.

    The chairman, Daniel Levy, has indicated, though, that he will endeavour to add to the squad before next season. Giving Bale, the Professional Footballers' Association player of the season and young player of the season, terms worth about £150,000 a week would be a serious statement of intent given that a number of suitors, not least Real Madrid, are interested in buying the Wales international.

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    As mentioned before, Bale already signed a new deal at the start of the 2012 season, so he doesn't need to sign a new deal with them, per se. But given all the pressure currently surrounding the club and the Wales international, signing a new deal would send a strong suggestion that he isn't leaving Spurs any time in the near future and would no doubt give the London club a huge boost as a result.

    According to the BBC, speaking after Bale was crowned the PFA Player of the Year two weeks back, Villas-Boas said that "it would be good for him to sign a new contract." He also added that he thought Bale "deserves it for the season he's had" at Tottenham, suggesting that a new deal could also include a pay-rise for the winger.

    The manager had slightly changed his tune last weekend, when he stated that he was "unsure" whether Bale was signing a new £170,000-a-week deal, as reported by The Independent. He did, however, reiterate that Spurs were confident they would keep the 23-year-old over the summer transfer window.