Barca must pay £36m to get Bale
Barcelona's pursuit of Gareth Bale has moved into a new phase after 'El Mundo Deportivo,' the Catalan newspaper closest to the club, reported yesterday Tottenham Hotspur had quoted a £36m fee for the Welsh winger.
Spurs declined to comment on the report, but Bale, who is under contract at White Hart Lane until 2015, is widely understood not to be for sale. The player's agent, Jonathan Barnett, yesterday responded to the claims, saying: "It'd be a lot more than that. Gareth's very happy at Tottenham, come what may."
Describing the supposed fee as "elevated," El Mundo's apparently briefed article recognised how the price puts Bale out of Barcelona's reach. The newspaper instead talked of Bale having to agitate for a move to make it happen.
Meanwhile, Norwich City yesterday rejected a transfer request from star striker Grant Holt.
The 31-year-old enjoyed a superb first season in the Premier League with the Canaries, which saw him rewarded with a new three-year deal at Carrow Road ahead of the 2011-12 season, in which he shone and hit 17 goals.
However, the talisman could be set for a move to pastures new.