Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to outbid Real Madrid in the £85million battle to sign Gareth Bale.
The French champions are pursuing Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas and hope his capture as head coach will help convince Bale to follow.
However, even if Villas-Boas opts to stay in London, that will not dampen PSG's determination to win the bidding war for Bale and pay the huge fee in one go.
PSG have spent more than £200m on transfer fees since their2011 takeover by Qatar Sport Investments, the company backed by the Qatari royal family, yet they accept it could take a world record to prise Bale from Tottenham. That is currently £80m, the fee Real Madrid paid to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real sporting director Zinedine Zidane said: ‘If any club are going to tempt Spurs, it will take big money, maybe even record-breaking money. There are four or five clubs who have the finances not to be put off by a record-breaking fee like that.’
That includes PSG, whose president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the 39-year-old representative of the Qatari royal family and former professional tennis player, is eager for his club to outstrip whatever Real offer.
Bale has had a superb season, scoring 26 goals, which, coupled with his searing pace, have made him the hottest property of the summer.
PSG want to build on last season’s French championship and see Bale as a symbol of their future. The recruitment is all the more important with Monaco rivalling their ambition with a similar spending spree.
Bale is on holiday in Florida and understood to be open-minded about his next move. He is content in London with girlfriend Emma and his eight-month-old baby daughter Alba and would be happy tostay at Tottenham if the club continue to head in the right direction.culled from Daily mail