Real Madrid reportedly put themselves in the box-seat to sign Gareth Bale from Spurs three months ago by offering him a payment of £16.9m if they DIDN’T bid for him.
According to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, Real wanted to prove how badly they wanted the Wales international. So they promised him the bumper payment if they didn’t follow up their interest with a firm bid to Spurs.
Bale and his agent were keen to secure Champions League football for the new season, with Manchester United the other main candidates for his signature.
Aware that Bale would be a target for other clubs, the Spanish giants sought to stave off the Premier League champions by proving to Bale that he didn’t need to look elsewhere.
Balague claims the £16.9m was offered as an indication that a bid would be made and that the 24-year-old would get his preferred move to the Bernabeu.