Tottenham fear Real Madrid are swaying Gareth Bale and damaging their hopes of holding onto the Welshman.
As a result, it is thought that a bidding war may ensue between Madrid and Manchester United, both suitors of the £85million-rated winger.
The North London club have reiterated time and again that they have no intention of selling the 24-year-old, but fear he is finally becoming unsettled by the Spanish club’s pursuit of him.
Following Spurs’ defeat to Sunderland in the Barclays Asia Trophy yesterday, manager Andre Villas-Boas was asked about the situation again.
“I don’t want to be repeating myself [on this situation],” he said.
“I can’t make any more comments because I made them at the press conference before this game.”
Bale missed the game with a buttock injury, however Spanish news outlet Marca described the injury as “mysterious” and suggested a move was imminent.
He is due to play against South China on Saturday however, as Spurs continue their pre-season campaign.
Apparently, Tottenham are looking to tie Bale to a new contract in the meantime so that, next year, they will have a strong hand in negotiations when they will, reluctantly, be ready to finally let him go.
Bale, last season’s Player of the Year, has scored 56 goals in 203 appearances for Spurs, and has created a further 58.