Top five transfer rumours of the day - Real Madrid confident of Bale deal, Cristiano Ronaldo set to earn even more

Gareth Bale is in demand. Photo: PA

Money is a small word, which must be why it's so easy to throw around, and Real Madrid seem to be the most willing to chuck it far and wide.

Real Madrid have now set a deadline of 15th June to complete the signing of Spurs winger Gareth Bale, and are confident of doing a deal for the Welshman (Daily Star)

Los Blancos are also keen to ensure they keep their current main man Cristiano Ronaldo by making him the best paid player in world football to scare off any potential interest from Premier League champions Manchester United (Metro)

Long-term Arsenal target Stefan Jovetic is now attracting admiring glances from rivals Chelsea, with the west Londonders willing to match the Gunners every step of the way as they try to secure the services of the Fiorentina forward (Daily Express)

Manchester United and Liverpool look to have been usurped in their attempt to lure Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen to the Premier League, with the Dane set to join Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund (talkSPORT)

Hull's attempt to build a squad capable of challenging in the Premier League will start in the goalkeeping department, with the Tigers being linked with both veteran Shay Given and Kasper Schmeichel (Daily Mirror)