Bale stays: Record fee not going to burst this Levy

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Gareth Bale celebrates after netting an equaliser for Tottenham at NorwichPA PhotosDaniel Levy will refuse a world record bid to keep Gareth Bale.

Not even a world record-breaking fee could tempt Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to sell Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. According to the Daily Star, Levy has confided to friends that a £100 million bid would not entice him to sell the Welsh wizard to the Spanish giants, hoping to keep his player in north London for another season. But if Madrid were to offer that amount of money, Levy would be refusing a record fee, a full £20 million more than Los Blancos paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

Across London and Arsenal are becoming the kings of this year's summer transfer season. Let's start with the The Sun, which is reporting the Gunners are keen to keep Lukas Podolski in London, blocking any attempt by Borussia Dortmund to sign the Germany international. Then there's The Telegraph - suggesting that Swansea defender Ashley Williams wants a move to Emirates Stadium, while the Daily Mail claims the club are thinking a Wayne Rooney-Gonzalo Higuain partnership is the ideal strike-force. Finally, the Mirror believes Arsene Wenger and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers are set to do battle for Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

And what's a trip in London without a visit to Chelsea? According to the Daily Mail, Jose Mourinho has won the battle for highly rated Dutch attacker Marco van Ginkel. The Blues boss was reported to be in a race with Manchester United for the 20-year-old, but a £9 million transfer, plus assurances that Van Ginkel will be a first-team regular, has paved the way for a move to Stamford Bridge.

And finally, Keisuke Honda could the latest Japanese star to call the Premier League home with the Daily Star believing a deal with Everton could tempt the 27-year-old to England. According to reports, new Toffees manager Roberto Martinez is a big fan of Honda's and wants him to be his first major signing at the club.

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