Gareth Bale's saga to reach a conclusion soon
The end of a true drama series happening over this summer seems to have its final episode galloping approaching within the next few days. Real Madrid have been keen on Gareth Bale, and the midfielder has been in a transitional mood. Whether it has been because Tottenham Hotspur could not quality to the UEFA Champions League at the end of the English Premier League last season, Bale would clearly not mind leaving White Hart Lane.
But Spurs did not like the idea and decided to bump Bale’s price up to a skyrocket amount. Yet this did not seem to bother the Spanish billionaire side and richest club in the world, so they kept on offering bids and now the end of the saga could come to a conclusion.
Here are three recent events, which could give clues to the fast-approaching end to the “Gareth Bale Watch.”
Agreement set at $145 million
Gareth Bale was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year, the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year for his 2012-13 season performances. Such extraordinary year for the Welshman made Spurs feel that they deserve a similar compensation.
And Spurs and Real Madrid should be close to the record breaking $145 million transfer fee, according to the Telegraph.
Los Blancos, not surprisingly, have paid the current highest transfer fee in history in 2009 for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese international switched the Old Trafford for Santiago Bernabeu in a $124.4 million transaction.
Also, reports have said that Spurs would like left-back Fabio Coentrao, who is valued at $24 million according to Transfermarkt, as part of the deal.
Spurs’ sporting director in Madrid
With just nine days left to the close of the summer transfer window, neither Spurs nor Real want this so far unsettled situation to disrupt their respective squads and managers’ plans for the long season ahead. Therefore, the sporting director Franco Baldini from White Hart Lane was reportedly going to Madrid early this week, via the Guardian, in an attempt to speed up the process.
If a verdict is reached at the set price, this would ease on the checkbook from Spurs since they have heavily shopped over this summer transfer window. The club has spent more than $90 million on new signings with Paulinho costing $26.4 million, Roberto Soldado coming at $40.4 million, Nacer Chadli transferred after a $11 million fee and finally Etienne Capoue arrived as Spurs paid $14 million.
Real Madrid official website selling Bale’s jersey?
Probably the closest clue so far was a “mistake” that appeared in Real’s official shopping website on Thursday evening. The Daily MaiI has reported that Los Blancos were promoting jerseys already containing Bale’s name available for supporters to purchase.
When checked yesterday the same shopping website from the Spaniards was back to normality without the Welshman’s name on it.
Another jersey mystery took place once Los Blancos had decided their players’ 2013-14 numbering, the club ‘accidently’ or purposely left Bale’s favorite number 11 out of the list.
If successfully transferred, could Bale achieve the same success from his 2012-13 year with Spurs while playing in Madrid and in La Liga?