More than one Bale bid
Tottenham have received bids from more than one club for Gareth Bale, Press Association Sport understands.
It has been thought for some weeks that an agreement was in place for Bale to move to Real Madrid, with suggestions his trip to Spain over the weekend would have also seen him finalise details over a deal that was likely to break the world record transfer fee.
But, with a week remaining in the transfer window, it now appears that Madrid is not the only possible destination for the Wales international.
The 24-year-old has missed Tottenham's 100 per cent start to the season but Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas revealed following Sunday's 1-0 win over Swansea that he expected Bale back at the club's Enfield training ground on Tuesday.
"Monday is a day off. Tuesday is training so I would expect him to be there," he said.
"We have allowed him two days off.
"It's not the first time this has come up. We never force non-selected players to come to our games. I decided that last season."
With potential fees for Bale reportedly varying from £80m to £100m, there would be few clubs other than Madrid who have the spending power to pull of a move for the winger, who was named both PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year last season.
Villas-Boas maintains there is a possibility Bale could even stay at White Hart Lane, where he scored 26 goals in all competitions last year as Tottenham only just missed out on a Champions League berth.
"There is interest from Real Madrid," Villas-Boas said.
"Whether the transfer will happen or not, hopefully you will have more news in the next couple of days, but at the moment there is nothing I can tell you."
Despite more widespread interest than originally believed, Madrid remain the heavy favourites to complete a deal for Bale, with pictures from inside the Santiago Bernabeu suggesting a podium was being erected to present the player to fans and the media.