REAL Madrid are set to cause yet another transfer sensation after putting in a world-record £100million bid for Susan Boyle.
The club’s president Florentino Perez has been chasing the 48-year-old Scot ever since she burst on to the international scene two months ago with a stunning performance of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’.
And even though Boyle struggled to maintain her early form in the closing weeks of the season, narrowly losing out on her dreams of a domestic title, Perez is still keen to add her to his growing squad of Galacticos.
“We do not talk about Susan Boyle,” Perez told Marca. “We can only talk about those we have signed. We cannot talk about those we are in negotiations with.”
Boyle has attracted interest from several England clubs in recent weeks, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all believed to be eyeing a deal for the singer.
There are fears that domestic interest in Boyle could be thwarted by the Premier League’s third-party ownership rules, although it is not thought that Simon Cowell’s level of influence over the successful Britain’s Got Talent contestants actually goes that far.
Boyle has also been linked with the vacant manager’s job at Celtic, but the club have denied making an approach.
Perez added in Marca: “I know this Susan Boyle is a great talent. We consider Real Madrid the natural home of great talent.”
The Scottish singer, however, has courted her fair share of controversy. During the last World Cup, she allegedly smiled when she learned that England striker Wayne Rooney had been sent off in the World Cup quarter-final against Portugal.
She has also had to deal with intense media interest in her off-field life.
But Perez is hoping that, with Boyle on board, Real will improve on a disappointing campaign which saw them finish second in La Liga and get dumped out of the Champions League by Liverpool.
According to a Real source, the club have not only been enchanted by Boyle’s singing, but are also hoping she could prove a more reliable central defender than Christophe Metzelder.
But UEFA president Michel Platini this evening waded into the debate on the potential world-record deal, claiming that a £100m fee would be “excessive” at a time when the world is facing a financial crisis.
“No singer is worth £100m,” Platini said. “Robbie Williams’ £80m contract with EMI was puzzling enough, and this proposed deal is even more so.
“Such deals are a threat to the ideal of fair play and the concept of financial balance within our game – although I did at least enjoy her rendition of Memory from Cats in the Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals, whereas most of Robbie’s recent stuff has sucked.”
If the deal goes through, Boyle could be unveiled in time for Real’s pre-season tour of Canada and the United States.
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