Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering offers from more than one club for Gareth Bale.
The Welshman has been heavily linked with a summer move to long-time admirers Real Madrid since the end of last season. Reports over the weekend stated the 24-year-old was in Spain and a deal was close as both clubs have agreed on a world record transfer fee for the player.
However, according to Sky Sports News, the clubs have failed to reach an agreement and Bale will return to the UK on Monday. The report also says Spurs are now considering approaches from other clubs, who have made formal bids for the Southampton product.
The report suggests Manchester United could be one of the interested clubs, while The Independent lists big-spending French giants Paris St Germain as another potential suitor. The Ligue 1 outfit has incredible financial resources at their disposal, courtesy their Qatari owners, and matching or bettering Madrid's offer for the winger will not be a difficult task.
Bale signing for any other club would be a massive blow to Madrid, especially after Barcelona - who comfortably won La Liga last season - strengthened their ranks by landing Brazilian superstar Neymar to partner Lionel Messi earlier this summer.
The Meringues were understood to have even built a presentation stage at the Bernabeu to unveil Bale. However, manager Carlo Ancelotti refused to be drawn into discussing the arrival of the Wales international and kept his focus on Madrid.
"I don't like to speak for two reasons, first of all because Gareth Bale is not a player of Real Madrid at this moment, and also because I need to have respect for my players. They are here and we are focusing on our game tomorrow [Madrid visit Granada in a league game on Monday night]. I know that at this moment it is easy to talk about the market because it is very close to the end. I do hope the Monday deadline will arrive very soon," the Italian tactician stressed.
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