ESPN FC: Perez stale on Bale?
Real Madrid are very confident of signing Gareth Bale this summer, despite apparent recent complications, sources close to the Spanish club have told ESPN.
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The much-anticipated move had seemed to falter in the last week, with Los Blancos president Florentino Perez going on record as saying a world-record fee of €100 million "seems a lot", and various news reports and briefings suggesting that Real may not actually have the funds to complete the deal.
Those close to Perez are maintaining that, although this is what the Real president really thinks and is not quite a typical ploy, it is also an implicit message that the club’s existing offer to Tottenham Hotspur will not be raised.
Similarly, Real feel assured that their credit structures and marketing model -- which is based on the very merchandising allowed from any prospective deal -- will be enough to complete the transfer.
Real’s confidence seems surprising given Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s public refusal to even countenance a deal, but they feel there is significant room for manoeuvre and expect the Premier League club to eventually accept from the dialogue that has already taken place.
Some Madrid officials have even floated a prospective date when the transfer will be completed, suggesting the third week of August.
Spurs’ official stance, however, remains the same: Bale is not for sale.