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

Swindon Town v Tottenham Hotspur - Pre Season Friendly

SWINDON, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the pre season friendly between Tottenham Hotspur and Swindon Town at the County Ground on July 16, 2013 in Swindon, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Mark Thompson

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.