It looks like the most talked about transfer saga of the summer is nearing its conclusion.
Sky Sports Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that Bale is about to sign for Real Madrid for a reported £93 million - a new world record. Di Marzio also claims - as carried by Eurosport - that Portuguese full back Fabio Coentrao will be heading to Tottenham Hotspur for a sum around the £15 million mark.
Up until now, the transfer looked like it wouldn't ever go ahead because of Daniel Levy's continuous demand for £100m plus. The internet has been flooded with articles linking Real Madrid players to Manchester United, Manchester City and others in Europe to try and fund the deal.
And recently it looked like Madrid's interest in Bale had cooled, with Madrid's manager, Carlo Ancelotti, stating that he was happy with squad and that he does not need any more players.
However, results and performances in La Liga this weekend suggest otherwise. Real Madrid struggled to a two goals to one win over Real Betis, with new man Isco scoring the winner and assisting the other goal. Barcelona on the other hand, smashed seven goals past Levante, six of them before half time. It looks like Real Madrid may in fact need Bale to try and keep up with Barcelona.
It appears that Manchester United and David Moyes are also interested in how this deal goes ahead, with the team keeping tabs on both Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo. £93m is a lot of money, even for a team as big as Real Madrid, and they will have to fund it somehow.
If Bale does join Madrid, then expect to see a flurry of transfer activity involving Madrid in the coming week.
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