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$131 million for Gareth Bale? AVB suddenly coy as reports of record bid fly in


The rumored price on Gareth Bale’s head continues to rise and rise, as now The Mirror are reporting Tottenham have rejected an £81 million ($124.6 million) bid from Real Madrid, so Los Blancos are now readying one for £85 million ($130.8 million).

According to the report, Bale is being convinced by Real Madrid’s relentless pursuit of his signature, and Spurs’ control is slowly slipping away.

In addition, The Guardian are reporting Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to reject that improved bid from Madrid, and Bale therefore may try to force through the move.  Such an offer would be a world-record transfer fee, with Christiano Ronaldo’s move from Manchester United to Real Madrid for £80 million still holding the top spot.

ESPN is also reporting according to their sources that Spurs have indeed received that second, heightened bid from Madrid, although they have not formally responded to it.

ESPN reporter Miguel Delaney is reporting that Levy isn’t even recognizing the higher Madrid bid:

While the reports in the papers may or may not be completely accurate, something that cannot be debated is Andre Villas-Boas’s sudden refusal to address the matter.

The Spurs manager has been extremely outspoken about his club’s intentions to hold onto the Welsh superstar, but for the first time this summer, AVB skirted three straight questions about Madrid’s interest in Bale.

Following Spurs’ 6-0 defeat of South China, Villas-Boas responded with “I don’t want to comment on anything like that” thrice in succession.

Bale has not played in two straight preseason matches with a “training injury” causing many to speculate that a deal with Real is heavily in the works.

It was reported by Marca earlier this week that Bale has already agreed to a 6-year, €10 million ($13.3 million)-per-year deal with Real Madrid.

Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti officially sold Gonzalo Higuain today to Napoli, providing them with around €40 million ($53 million) extra spending money.

MLS Snapshot: Colorado Rapids 1-2 Real Salt Lake

SANDY UT - MARCH 14: Olmes Garcia #13 of Real Salt Lake celebrates his goal during their game against the Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The game in 100 words (or less): Real Salt Lake stays alive in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a crucial 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. After falling behind early, RSL scored twice before halftime and held onto the lead for the rest of the match, moving within three points of the final playoff spot in the West. Real Salt Lake has three matches remaining, including a massive clash against the Portland Timbers, which will pretty much decide their season. For Colorado, it’s another year without playoff soccer.

[ MORE: FC Dallas clinches playoff berth ]

Three moments that mattered

16′ — Doyle heads Colorado into the lead — The former Premier League man gave the home side an early lead, thanks to a powerful header from quite a bit out. Sean St. Ledger played in a cross, where Doyle snapped a header into the top corner past Nick Rimando.

33′ — Joao Plata bends in the free kick — Trailing 1-0, Joao Plata drew RSL level with a brilliant free kick. Plata’s shot dipped over the wall and under the crossbar, as Clint Irwin stood helpless in goal for Colorado.

43′ — Mulholland fires home a volley to put RSL ahead — Luke Mulholland scored his first goal of the season, and it was a beauty. A corner kick popped out to the midfielder at the top of the box, as he rifled a shot off the bounce and into the side netting.

Man of the match: Luke Mulholland

Goalscorers: Doyle (16′), Plata (33′), Mulholland (43′)

Wenger lauds team spirit following Arsenal’s big win

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Arsenal put on a superb performance against Manchester United today, flying out to a three-goal lead in the opening 20 minutes of the match.

[ RECAP: Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United ]

United was stunned by the fast-paced, free-flowing Arsenal attack, unable to recover from the Gunners’ early dominance.

All of this came on the heels of a disappointing loss to Olympiacos in the Champions League, after which many questioned manager Arsene Wenger and his side.

[ MORE: Three things we learned from Arsenal’s win vs. Manchester United ]

Following the big 3-0 win at the Emirates, Wenger praised his team’s spirit, saying there were outstanding performances throughout the side.

You go from Petr Cech up to Theo Walcott, and we had only outstanding performances. Sometimes we have that magic side in our game.

[Against Olympiacos] maybe we lacked a little bit of urgency and discipline, and that’s why we lost the game. But let’s not forget, last Saturday we won 5-2 at Leicester. Today we beat Man United 3-0.

[The players] have shown that we have an outstanding spirit in the squad. To respond the way we did after what happened to us, you need to have an exceptional spirit.

The Gunners’ performance today immediately silenced all the critics, as Wenger’s side put out on a display that many have been waiting for all season. The combination play of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott was brilliant, as Santi Cazorla continued to impress in the center of the midfield.

Wenger’s teams have not always been known to show strong heart and resiliency, but that’s exactly what they showed today against a Manchester United side that was in great form. Now sitting second on the table, Arsenal continues to climb up the Premier League.