Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been accused of trying to undermine close rivals Spurs by declaring that Gareth Bale is Europe’s number one transfer target.
Speaking in Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Mancini states: “What is certain is that if Tottenham decides to put him on the market, Bale would be the strongest target in the summer. Without him, Tottenham loses 50% of their potential.”
Despite City’s brief flirtation with top spot in the Premiership many believe that it will be they and Spurs battling for fourth place again this season, just as they did a year ago.
Mancini however hasn’t suggested that Bale will be a target for anyone this January but Sky Sports’ website runs a story stating that the player’s Italian agent claims that while three Serie A clubs are monitoring Bale for the future, Real Madrid may make a bid now.