World record deal for Tottenham's Bale set to be completed
Real Madrid are poised to complete the signing of Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale for a world record deal of £93m at the weekend, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The confirmation of the deal would end months of speculation regarding Bale’s future, with the Welshman having been continually linked with a summer move to the Bernabeu following his excellent form last season, in which he won both the PFA, and the Football Writers’ Player of the Year.
Real Madrid have been hoping to secure Bale before their home encounter with Athletic Bilbao on September 1, in order for the 24-year-old’s debut to attract a larger global television audience.
Despite rumours of Real Madrid players being involved as part of the deal, most notably Fabio Coentrao, it now seems that that no players will be exchanged, after talks between Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and the Spanish giants.
Bale, who has been sidelined by a foot injury during the last month, is thought to want to join Real, and the transfer fee would break the current world record, also paid by Carlo Ancelotti’s side, when they signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009.
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