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Inter official Ernesto Paolillo has denied a report published in The Guardian suggesting the club are planning to offer £40 million for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale in the summer.

The Guardian suggested Inter were willing to pay a record fee for a British player in order to sign Bale, who scored a hat-trick against the Nerazzurri at San Siro this season.

However, the Italian champions wasted little time in dismissing suggestions that Bale was a target.

“It is incorrect,” Inter chief executive officer Paolillo told Bloomberg. “It’s not true.”

Tottenham have repeatedly maintained that they have no interest in selling Bale, who has emerged as a key player in the past 12 months.

Dortmund are a best price 1/4 for the Bundesliga title as they defend their 11 point lead this weekend…