Bale move to Real Madrid put on hold by Tottenham

Despite having agreed in principle to sell Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur could delay the transfer of the Wales international until after the weekend’s Premier League meeting with Arsenal as Andre Villas-Boas seeks a replacement for the prolific winger, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

A world record fee of £90m has been agreed between the two clubs, the newspaper claims, and Bale is expected to be a Madrid player by the time the transfer window closes on September 2, but Real’s hopes of unveiling Bale on Tuesday have been dashed and they may have to wait almost a full week before finally getting their man.

Tottenham agreed to sell Bale after Bale made it clear he wanted to move to La Liga and Madrid confirmed they were willing to pay the transfer fee in three instalments, and not including players to make up part of the total. There has been discussions between the two clubs about Spurs signing Madrid players but they will not arrive as part of the Bale deal. Tottenham have also been annoyed by Madrid’s presumptuous setting up of a stage used for major announcements, and that Madrid shirts bearing Bale’s name and the No. 11 have already gone on sale.

Spurs had lined up Willian as Bale’s replacement but Chelsea trumped their London neighbours in the bidding for the Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder, and would reject any attempt by Spurs to sign Juan Mata, who appears out of favour under Jose Mourinho.

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