Real Madrid are going to step up their attempts to lure Tottenham Hotspur’s left-sided Welshman Gareth Bale to the Santiago Bernabeu in January, according to reports from Spain.
AS comments that the 21-year-old, who has emerged as a key player for the north London club in the past year after a difficult beginning to his Spurs career, represents los Blancos’ prime target to strengthen their left full-back position.
After seeing Aleksandar Kolarov snapped up by Manchester City during the summer, coach Jose Mourinho has been forced to field Brazilian Marcelo on the left side of the pitch, with only Alvaro Arbeloa available as emergency cover.
Bale has recently renewed his contract, with manager Harry Redknapp tying him to the club until the summer of 2014, but an offer from the capital city outfit in the region of €20 million would reportedly be enough to entice Tottenham to part company with their emerging star.
Real Madrid have previously been linked with Bale, but at that time the budget was not available to meet the asking price, however, if Mourinho is able to offload members of his squad in the January transfer window, then a bid may be forthcoming.