Real Madrid have been forced into an embarrassing climb down after it was revealed they will have to dismantle the stage erected for the unveiling of Tottenham star Gareth Bale as their world record signing.
The platform was built into the lower tier at the Santiago Bernabeu last Friday as Madrid confidently predicted the player would be theirs in the day following but, with the transfer yet to be finalised, the stage will be taken down.
According to Goal.com, Real Madrid hoped to present Bale to their fans and the media on Tuesday but the delay in the deal being rubber-stamped means the club must take down the stage ahead of the weekend.
Real Madrid meet Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu on Sunday and, with Bale's transfer expected to be completed 24 hours later, the presentation area needs to be removed for the weekend's league clash, before being constructed again.
Tottenham have already agreed a deal worth £86 million for Bale - eclipsing the fee paid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United - but the completion of the transfer has been delayed until replacements have been recruited.
Spurs had expected to sign Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala but lost out to Chelsea after the Brazilian had a medial at White Hart Lane, but are now focused on recruiting Erik Lamela from Roma.
The Italian club announced on Wednesday that they had accepted an offer from Spurs worth €35 million, including a number of performance related variables.