|TOTTENHAM TO OFFER BALE 'DOUBLE YOUR MONEY' DEAL TO STAY
SportingPreview.com: 7 March 2013
Sportsmail are claiming that Tottenham are drawing up a 'double your money' £8million-a-year deal in a bid to stop Gareth Bale leaving for one of Europe's elite clubs.
The 23-year-old forward is enjoying an outstanding season in which he has scored 20 goals in all competitions so far and Sportsmail say that Spurs will make their offer of a five-year deal worth around £40m once they have secured a top four place in the Premier League.
Bale signed a four-year contract worth a basic £75,000 a week last season which ties him to the club until 2016, but his increasing influence has prompted Tottenham to reassess that.
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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy recognises the need to reward his prize asset and will reportedly propose a groundbreaking offer for the club of around £150,000 a week.
Bale has repeatedly been linked with a number of clubs and Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester City allegedly head the list of those after him this summer and all would probably be willing to pay substantially greater wages.
Levy is said to value Bale at around £60million and sees him as pivotal to the club's commercial growth, acknowledging that the player's continuing development and rising profile will help attract lucrative sponsorships and kit deals.
The chairman is reluctant to change a business strategy in which player wages do not exceed 70 per cent of Spurs' turnover but increased commercial revenue, plus Champions League funds, would help offset any extra money they give to their star man.
As a 21-year-old in 2010, Bale hit a hat-trick at the San Siro in the Champions League group stage, before a stunning display against the Italians helped Spurs to a 3-1 victory at White Hart Lane and tonight he will renew his rivalry with Inter Milan in the Europa League.
Qualification for next season's Champions League remains in Tottenham's hands and that will play a significant part in persuading him where his future lies.
Sportsmail say that Bale will hold further talks with his advisers towards the end of the season and that they will outline the offers from across Europe.
But Levy remains confident the improved offer can persuade him to stay.
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