Gareth Bale will cost you £70m Spurs warn Manchester United
Tottenham chairman puts extraordinary price tag on Welsh wizzard in bid to keep him at the Lane
BREAK the bank or forget about Gareth Bale – that's the message sent from Tottenham to Manchester United. According to the Daily Star, the Premier League leaders will need to stump up £70 million if they are to get their hands on the Welsh wizard.
Speculation has been rife in recent weeks that United manager Alex Ferguson will launch a concerted effort to capture Bale in the summer, and the Star says Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has made a pre-emptive strike by slapping the extraordinary price tag on the 23-year-old winger.
The paper claims that United "made a top-level inquiry" for Bale after his dazzling displays – and 21 goals - for Tottenham this season. Bale is currently taking home £90,000-a-week but United could try and tempt him north by offering him weekly wages of £150,000.
However, Tottenham will stop at nothing to keep hold of Bale and it's believed Levy is in the throes of putting together a lucrative offer of his own to ensure the club's star asset stays in north London.
Arsenal are ready to make Swansea an offer for their high-rated goalkeeper Michel Vorm. The Metro says Arsene Wenger has "lost patience" with Wojciech Szczesny's unreliability but remains unconvinced by his understudy and fellow Pole Lukasz Fabianski.
As a result, Wenger has settled on Vorm as the answer to Arsenal's problem between the posts and he will try to prise the 29-year-old Dutchman from the Liberty Stadium in the summer. Vorm, who has three years to run on his contract, joined Swansea from Utrecht in 2011, but Arsenal are confident they have the financial clout to get their man at the end of the season.
The Daily Mail reckons that Manchester City and Real Madrid are making a last-minute attempt "to gazump" Barcelona's £50 million signing of Brazil star [B] Neymar. Apparently the Catalan club have a pre-contract with the 21-year-old striker which means the youngster will arrive at the Camp Nou after next year's World Cup in Brazil.
But the Mail has it on good authority that City's director of football, Txiki Begiristain, as well as representatives of Real Madrid, have told Neymar that their clubs are in a position to offer him a better deal should he decide to change his mind.
The Mail adds that City boss Roberto Mancini sees Neymar as the natural replacement for Carlos Tevez, who is rumoured to be on his way out of the Etihad when his contract expires in 15 months' time.
Finally, the Mirror reports that Chelsea defender John Terry will be offered a lucrative opportunity to see out his days in the Middle East. Apparently the Blues blocker is being chased by "a number of clubs in the United Arab Emirates".
The 32-year-old and his family regularly holiday in Dubai and the Mirror says sources in the UAE have told them that moves are afoot to entice Terry to the region at the end of the season. "There are a few clubs who could afford John Terry and his signing would be a massive coup over here," the source told the Mirror. ·