Thursday January 27 2011
Report: Inter to bid €40m for Bale

The Guardian claims Inter have placed a mammoth £40m bid for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale.

The Welsh international already impressed the Nerazzurri when facing them during the Champions League group phase, running riot against Douglas Maicon.

As he is Cup-tied, Inter would begin negotiations now to have him booked for the summer transfer session.

It is hardly the first time the 21-year-old has been linked with the European, World and Italian Champions.

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is also interested in bringing Bale to La Liga.

If the £40m offer is confirmed, it would be a transfer record for a British player, shattering the £29m Manchester United paid Leeds United for Rio Ferdinand in 2002.

Bale famously scored a hat-trick in Tottenham's 4-3 loss at San Siro on October 20, then continued to tear the Inter defence apart in a 3-1 victory at White Hart Lane.

The Guardian claim the Italian giants would triple Bale's wages in Serie A.