Real Madrid adviser Zinedine Zidane has hinted that his club may be tempted to break the transfer record in their bid to lure Gareth Bale away from Tottenham.
Zidane has spoken of his admiration of Welsh forward Bale on numerous occasions in recent weeks, fuelling speculation that Real Madrid are ready to tempt Spurs with a huge offer for their star turn this summer.
Now the French legend has admitted it may take "record-breaking money" to lure Bale to the Spanish capital, admitting his club may be ready to eclipse the £80 million landmark fee they paid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009.
"The talk about Gareth Bale is not a surprise," Zidane in quoted in the Daily Mail. "It is impossible to have the season he just had and not be linked with the biggest clubs in Europe.
"If any club is going to tempt Spurs, then it will take big money - maybe even record-breaking money. There are four or five clubs at the moment who have the finances not to be put off by a record-breaking fee like that."
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has stated consistently that he expects Bale to remain at the club next season despite their failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League, yet talks over a lucrative new contract for the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year appear to have stalled in the last month.
A transfer bid of magnitude Zidane is hinting at for the 23-year old would test the resolve of the north London club to the full, in what looks set to be a transfer story that will run and run throughout the summer.