Real Madrid are reportedly confident of signing long-time target and Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale in the summer.
The Welshman has been Premier League's standout performer in the last few weeks and scored all four goals in Spurs' last three matches, to keep them in pole position in their quest for a Champions League spot next season.
Real have been ardent admirers of the 23-year-old for some time and Los Blancos president Florentino Perez will now base his upcoming re-election campaign on bringing Bale to the Bernabeu in the summer, according to talkSport, and the Spaniard expects to be successful in his efforts, with a £38m bid at the end of the season.
The report also claims Real will finance the deal for Bale by selling some of their fringe players, such as wing-back Fabio Coentrao.
Meanwhile, Spanish newspaper El Confidencial claims Real have already begun negotiations with Bale's representatives regarding a summer move. According to the article, the Spurs star is keen on a move to the Bernabeu and his agent Jonathan Barrett has held several meetings with the Los Blancos chiefs.
Bale, who has 13 goals and four assists to his name from 23 league appearances this season, is under contract at White Hart Lane till June 2016. And though Real would be keen to add the Welshman to their ranks, they are well aware that any deal with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is always going to be a tough business.
Savage: Bale Must Leave
Meanwhile, former Wales international Robbie Savage feels Bale must leave Tottenham for a bigger club, if he wants to realise his full potential.
"Tottenham fans will not thank me for saying this, but Gareth Bale will have to quit Spurs if he is to fulfil his potential. When [he is] on song, Wales (ranked 86th in the world) look capable of beating teams in the top 20," Savage told the Daily Mirror.
"For Bale to reach the next level, and become a superstar in his own right, I'm afraid he will have to move from White Hart Lane. Tottenham know that, one day, they may not be able to hang on to Bale because, in my opinion, he is already among the top six players in the world - and his stock is rising," the 38-year-old added.