Bale Transfer Latest: Real agree world record fee but instalment plan has Spurs unsettled

Real Madrid have finally agreed to pay a world record transfer fee for Tottenham attacker Gareth Bale, but The Mirror reports that only £20m of the £100m-plus deal will be paid up front.

With Spurs now believed to be resigned to losing Bale, chairman Daniel Levy is set to hold final discussions with his Real Madrid counterpart Florentino Perez in Miami this week.

However, a couple of sticking points remain in the negotiations – most notably with Spurs not comfortable with Real’s plans to spread the remaining transfer fee over several seasons.

Another potential problem is that Spurs want Real to send Fabio Coentrao to White Hart Lane as part of the deal, but the player does not seem convinced that his future lies in north London.

Coentrao is set to hold a meeting with Real to discuss his future within the next day or two, and so it is still possible that he will decide to move to the Premier League after all, but assuming these two sticking points are overcome Real are hoping to unveil Bale as their newest Galactico soon.

Bale is thought to have already started making plans for life in Spain, and has arranged for a childhood friend to move to the continent with him to help the attacker settle down in Spain easier, with the prospect of moving to a different nation still appearing daunting to the star despite his eagerness to get the deal done.

A source close to Bale said: “It’s no secret he wants to play for Madrid but he’s a shy lad and even though he intends to bring a friend with him he knows it won’t be easy mentally.”

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