Bale saga

Gareth Bale deal all but done

August 30, 2013
By Miguel Delaney

Gareth Bale is yet to be confirmed as a Real Madrid player despite claims the deal would be announced late on Friday evening.

Real Madrid are rumoured to be holding the number 11 shirt for Gareth Bale.
GettyImagesGareth Bale has refused to train with Tottenham Hotspur

It was reported by BBC Sport earlier on Friday that the player had agreed personal terms, and sources close to both Tottenham and the Spanish club have informed ESPN that confirmation is imminent.

Friday saw a flurry of meetings between the three relevant parties, with the player's representatives having a last meeting with Spurs' chairman Daniel Levy, and Bale's lawyers finalising the details of the contract with Real.

It is understood, however, that the basic details of the forward's wage and contract length were agreed in principle weeks ago before Spurs put the skids on the deal. Bale is expected to earn €160,000-a-week after tax. The Spanish press have also been reporting that Adidas - who are Real's kit manufacturers - sent over all the player's relevant kit to the club on Friday morning.

It is still unknown whether the move will end up breaking the world transfer record, as it has been intimated in Madrid that political reasons may bring it under the €96 million paid to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009. AS reports the fee will be €91 million and could be announced before the end of Friday.

Spurs have also confirmed the signing of Erik Lamela from AS Roma and Christian Eriksen from Ajax as they rebuild for life without Bale.

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