SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS - REAL MADRID CONTINUE TALKS ON GARETH BALE

TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS - REAL MADRID CONTINUE TALKS ON GARETH BALE

Back after a few days relaxing.

The local Spanish Sports papers have the summer pre-season matches on-board with a "curious" Real Madrid - Chelsea match coming up & a "rancorous" Mourinho with his latest comments, FC Barcelona passing through the Middle East & now in Thailand, Atletico de Madrid bettering in South America, Valencia putting in 4 goals in their friendly, Cesc Fabregas apparently "safe" at Barça from Manchester United & some news on local signings. 

REAL MADRID 2013

However, the paper seller continues to be the Gareth Bale interest from Real Madrid. This has now turned serious & looks definitely a reality. The only issue is the transfer payment & how that money will be paid: we are talking big money. 

Tottenham Hotspurs Coach Villas-Boas has upset Bale with latest comments & the Club is upset with the players attitude, so much so, that Tottenham has threatened to leave Bale on the bench all season. I take it they are just words, but serious enough to indicate that things are on the move.

From Spain the news is that Real Madrid President Florentino Perez met up with Joe Lewis - Club "Heavyweight ( not punt intended) of the English Club - in the USA where Real Madrid is doing part pre-season to advance on the Bale operation.

The latest figure is of a 115M€ transfer payment, the hurdle are the payments. Real Madrid wants to pay in 5 instalments, while Tottemham wants to money now so as to re-invest in new players in the quickest possible time. Plus Tottenham asks Real Madrid for payment guarantees, we are talking big money, a new World transfer record. 

With these issues settled, in theory, the transfer deal should be shut & announced as Real Madrid technical staff wish Bale to begin his adaptation as soon as possible. Apart for Football there will be a "cultural" adaptation period which is just as important.

I will keep attentive on the situation as most of the Football World.

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