Thursday, August 01, 2013
''WE HAVE GOTTEN BALE'' REAL MADRID BELIEVE TOTTENHAM HAVE BEING PERSUADED TO SELL £87 MILLION RATED BALE
Spanish La Liga club, Real Madrid believe they have finally persuaded Tottenham to sell Gareth Bale for a world-record £87million.
After weeks of insisting Bale was not for sale, the north London club are thought to have relented and it is also understood that a deal has been reached in principle and that it should be confirmed once Spurs have secured the signings they need to offset the loss of Bale.
Bale reported to Tottenham’s training ground on Wednesday but did not take part in any work as his transfer to Real inched towards its inevitable conclusion.
Spain striker, Roberto Soldado is expected to complete his £26million move from Valencia by the end of the week, after Spurs met his release clause, and manager Andre Villas-Boas is also looking to snatch Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.
The twenty year-old striker, who has scored twice for Real’s senior side, is viewed as one of the Spanish club’s best prospects in years.
Whether he would be prepared to leave Madrid for north London remains to be seen, but Spurs will try to insist Morata is part of the deal.
Morata was the top scorer at this summer’s Under 21 European Championship in Israel, scoring four goals as Spain lifted the trophy.
Officially, the muscle strain which ruled Bale out of two Spurs games in Hong Kong last week prevented him from training and will, in all probability, stop him from playing in a friendly at Monaco on Saturday.
The quality of the pitch in Hong Kong was cited as the reason for not risking Bale and the pitch in Monaco is notoriously poor. But this is an injury of convenience, designed to ensure there are no hitches with the Welshman’s transfer to Real.
A behind-closed-doors training game, which had been organised for Thursday by Villas-Boas to give match practice to some of those players who have not played much football this summer, has been cancelled.