According to Madrid-based Spanish sports daily Marca, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is determined to bring Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale to the capital this summer itself.
With Barcelona snapping up Brazilian wonderkid Neymar in spite of Madrid's very public courting of the player, Perez has made up his mind to present Bale as his marquee signing at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.
Jose Angel Sanchez, Madrid's general director, is reluctant to invest such huge sums in Bale, but with Zinedine Zidane by his side, Perez is convinced that Bale would justify his price tag.
The Frenchman had scouted Bale during Tottenham's Europa League away match against Olympique Lyonnais last season, and had returned with rave reviews about the player.
"He's the number one. The player's class lets you aspire to winning the Champions League. Not only is he a strong and fast player. He's also clever on the pitch."
Though not confirmed, Real may have already made a bid of €80-85 million for the Welshman in recent weeks, with Fabio Coentrao also offered in part-exchange.
However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is a very shrewd businessman and has refused to sell his prized jewel for anything less than a British transfer record, which is the €94million paid by Real for Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer of 2009.
Real Madrid have been actively working behind the scenes to realise the transfer and a meeting was apparently held between Jonathan Barnett - who is Bale's agent - Perez and Sánchez on June 25 in Madrid.
It was decided that the player will tell his club privately that he wanted a transfer. They also agreed on the terms of his contract, with the player set to receive around €6-7 million per season and the number he is going to wear at the Bernabeu, which is 11.
Bale is believed to have told Levy last week that he wants to join Madrid and that is decision is final.
"Have no doubts: Gareth has wanted to play for Madrid since he was a kid," Barnett had seemingly told Perez and Sanchez.
He is then believed to have showed them a photo of Bale when he was just ten years old and was wearing a Madrid shirt and informed them that the 24-year-old as a child, grew up in awe of Madrid's 'Galacticos'.
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