Barca maintain Bale interest

Technical secretary Albert Valentin is Barca’s head scout and

travelled to London last weekend, where he attended Spurs’ clash

with Fulham at Craven Cottage. Bale turned in another decent

display in the 3-1 win, opening the scoring in the first-half and

Valentin, who reports directly back to technical secretary Andoni

Zuibizarreta, is sure to have filed a positive report. The Catalan

media claim Bale’s versatility to play left-back or in midfield is

a huge attraction to Barca and their coach Pep Guardiola. Barca are

keen to add a left-back to their squad as contract talks with Eric

Abidal continue to stall and are also being tracking the progress

of Valencia’s Spanish international Jordi Alba. Valentin’s report

will be crucial in determining if Barca make their interest

concrete next summer, but reports in Spain cite Tottenham’s asking

price of more than 40 million euros as a stumbling block. Bale put

pen-to-paper on a new deal at White Hart Lane in March that sees

him tied to the north London outfit until 2015, although he did

state earlier this year that he would have no qualms in moving

abroad.