Gareth Bale up for sale

Real Madrid are determined to sign Harry Kane next summer

Real Madrid are determined to sign Harry Kane next summer

The report claims that Benzema has been added to the mix due to Bale's valuation dropping as a result of his regular injury woes, while Modric is an option if Spurs refuse the initial offer.

Bale came through the youth ranks at Southampton before making his name at Tottenham Hotspur but has developed in to one of the best attackers in the world since joining Madrid in 2013.

The inclusion of Bale and Benzema would bring the offer required down to £35.7m (€40m), according to the reports.

Modric's age, 32, is given as reason for why the Croat's valuation might appear lower, although it seems unlikely his employers would let him leave for so little after helping the team win back-to-back UEFA Champions League titles.

Gareth Bale is now in his fifth season at Real Madrid. As it was, Bale reported for international duty already suffering a recurrence of his calf problem and was ruled out by Wales manager Chris Coleman, heading off further club versus country friction surrounding the forward's frequent layoffs.

Indeed, Manchester United boss Mourinho admitted that the player himself wasn't open to a move to Old Trafford at this point in his career despite relentless talk of a return to the Premier League.

Would it have been different against Ireland with Bale on the field?

"Either you are injured, or you're not", Toshack said. "If the tests say that he has a problem and the player can't run, it isn't a psychological issue". This has been going on for years. Gareth was a left-back and he'd always played on the left.

Spurs are expected to demand €200m for Kane, but Florentino Perez is believed to be unwilling to pay such a hefty fee. If he is now playing on the right, I don't know. "And maybe that has something to do with it".

Naturally, few outside the Bernabeu will shed too many tears over Zidane's continuous injury concerns, a situation that led to the departure of the reportedly unpopular Jesus Olmo as chief of the medical department last summer. Gareth made his [Wales] debut under me at 17, and now he's 28.

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