Source : Daily Star SundayMANCHESTER UNITED have been told it would cost them Â£70million to sign Gareth Bale.
That was Tottenham chairman Daniel Levyâ€™s way of issuing a firm â€œhands offâ€ to Unitedâ€™s approach.
Spurs are determined to keep their prize asset and will open talks on a new deal for Bale in the summer.
Those negotiations could see his pay rocket from Â£90,000-a-week to Â£150,000.
The Daily Star Sunday has been told that United made a top-level inquiry for Bale, a strong contender to win both the PFA Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year awards this season.
But Tottenhamâ€™s valuation has discouraged United from pursuing their understandable interest in the Wales superstar.
United have also been examining the possibility of an Old Trafford return for Cristiano Ronaldo, sold to Real Madrid for a world-record Â£80m.
But United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that the financial implications make that an unlikely scenario, too.
Bale has also been touted as a potential successor to Ronaldo at Madrid, if the Portugal goal-machine was to leave.
But Tottenhamâ€™s stance, at the moment at least, is that Bale â€“ who goes into todayâ€™s match against Fulham as the clubâ€™s 21-goal top scorer â€“ must stay.