Real Madrid have completed the transfer of Gareth Bale on a six-year deal. Reports in the British media insist that ‘Los Blancos’ have paid Tottenham 101 million euros (£86.16 million) for the Wales international. At this stage, all that remains for the deal to be made official is agreement between club and player on details concerning image rights and currency exchange.
According to the British press, Bale’s price would exceed the world record fee paid by Madrid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United (96 million euros). Bale’s arrival would therefore see the world’s two most expensive players play together for Real Madrid.
After a transfer saga that has lasted the whole summer, Madrid have managed to convince Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to part with his star player, who rebelled this week by failing to show up for the team’s training sessions.
Last week saw the transfer delayed, with Levy angered by Bale’s presence in Marbella and a computing error that led to the 24-year-old’s number 11 shirt being made available on Madrid’s official website. However, with Spurs having invested the money expected from Bale’s move, an agreement over the deal remained inevitable.