Bale move from Tottenham to Madrid to be confirmed

Gareth Bale’s move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid is expected to be confirmed in the near future, the Daily Mail has reported.

The Wales international will move to the Santiago Bernabeu for a world record £94m, breaking the previous total by some £14m, set when Madrid paid £80m for Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United in 2009. The final details of the deal are yet to be completed, the newspaper adds, but the move will go ahead before the transfer deadline on September 2.

One of the complications is the move of Fabio Coentrao in the opposite direction – Madrid want the Portugal international’s switch to White Hart Lane to be considered part of the Bale transfer, whereas Tottenham are insisting it be considered a separate deal, unrelated to Bale’s move to Spain.

Tottenham Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas insisted ahead of his team’s Europa League match against Dinamo Tbilisi that Bale’s exit is not yet wrapped up, but the Mail claims that Spurs’ extravagant spending is evidence that it is – having already broken their transfer record twice, first with the signing of Paulinho and then Roberto Soldado, Spurs are about to set a third record with the capture of Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala.

Erik Lamela, the Roma forward, could also be set to join Tottenham, both players moving in transfers worth around £30m, and Villas-Boas confirmed that there would be players coming in and going out of the club before the close of the transfer window.

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