Real Madrid must believe Gareth Bale is the messiah, and are prepared to do anything to get him, even if it means letting go of Pepe, Angel Di Maria and a huge sum of money.
Ancelotti was confirmed as Jose Mourinho’s successor, on a three-year deal, on Wednesday and, after months of phony war, Real have officially opened the bidding for a player they started courting publicly in April.
Speaking at his introductory press conference, Ancelotti said: “This team is very good, but there could be some changes. But it doesn’t need much.”
Real’s president Florentino Perez had targeted Bale, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Napoli marksman Edinson Cavani ahead of Ancelotti’s arrival.
Although the latter two have indicated willingness to move to the Bernabeu, Real have met unwavering, stiff opposition from Tottenham over Bale.
The Londoners have long maintained that they have no intention of selling their prize asset, who is currently away on holiday. But Real are now ready to intensify their efforts to change Spurs’ minds.
Tottenham have a new deal on the table for Bale worth £170,000-a-week.
Real’s public pursuit of the winger, however – plus Manchester United’s interest – means Bale continues to be in a strong position.