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Bale is believed to be Florentino Perez's No. 1 summer target
The Tottenham Hotspur forward received considerable praise from both Real president Florentino Perez and Madridista legend Zinedine Zidane during the close season. He is currently in Hong Kong for a preseason tournament with the Lillywhites, and speculation concerning the Welshman with a move to the Bernabeu has reached unprecedented levels.
According to Marca, the reigning PFA and FWA Player of the Year has asked Spurs for a transfer. On the other hand, Spurs have reiterated their stance that Bale is not for sale.
Meanwhile, The Times reported that Manchester United have emerged as serious competitors indicating that approximately £100 million has been set aside for a dual raid on Barcelona and Spurs for Cesc Fabregas and Bale, respectively.
Historically, Spurs have stubbornly refused to cave to star players' demands to move elsewhere, so if Real are to land their No. 1 target, it will likely be both a lengthy and painstaking process.