Tottenham may not have to worry about Real Madrid making an offer for Gareth Bale in the summer, with reports speculating that the club have cooled their interest in the winger and turned their attention to signing Brazilian sueprstar Neymar.
Reports have widely claimed in the last few months that Madrid could make an offer to Spurs that couldn't be refused, with the club happy to pay £70 million to acquire the PFA Player of the Year.
Bale has continually reaffirmed he is happy at Tottenham, though it is widely known that he wants to play abroad at some point in his career. And it has been speculated that if the north London club don't make Champions League this season he will be more open to the possibility of fulfilling that dream sooner rather than later.
However, Spurs may no longer have to worry about Real Madrid as reports in Spain say that Los Blancos believe that acquiring Neymar will be easier than landing Bale, despite rumoured interest from bitter rivals and La Liga champions Barcelona.
Neymar has been prolific for Santos ever since breaking into the side back in 2009 and last season scored an impressive nine goals in just 14 Copa Libatadores games. He has also become a regular for Brazil, scoring 20 goals in just 32 games to cement his status as one of the best prospects in South American football.
Constant reports have insisted he has a pre-contract agreement with Barcelona, and will be heading to the club after the World Cup comes to his native country in 2014.
But Neymar has continually denied such claims, and even today a Santos executive was claiming that a deal has been done with Bayern Munich.
If Real Madrid were to acquire the youngster, they would have to shell out around £59 million for his services. And this wouldn't leave much money left if they hoped to get Bale on side too, particularly with Tottenham saying they don't want to sell their prized asset.