Tottenham are set to delay Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid until after this weekend's north London derby, reports Sky Sports.
It is thought Spurs are determined to string out negotiations until after Sunday's showdown with bitter rivals Arsenal through fear that it would trigger a series of events that could see up to three players join the Gunners from Real Madrid.
After a far from fruitful transfer window for Arsenal, it is believed that Wenger is willing to blow his entire transfer budget on Real trio Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria.
Spurs slowing down proceedings over the transfer of Bale to Real Madrid could prevent these transfers from happening this summer or at least before they they meet on Sunday.
Real vice-president Fernando Fernández-Tapias accused Spurs this week of dragging their feet over the deal and warned that the Spanish side was a great one even without the Welsh winger
He is quoted as saying by Sky Sports: "I don't doubt the value of the player but Real Madrid without Bale is still a strong Madrid. We have a great team."
On whether he though Bale would sign for Madrid, Fernández-Tapias said: "I think so, yes, but I could not swear to it entirely.
"We are going to wait and see what happens. Sometimes it is yes, sometimes it is no: they keep putting it off."
The transfer story of the summer is set to come to an end over the next few days but Tapias expressed his frustration that Bale has not signed for the Madrid side yet.
"(Bale) is not here, because there are problems there," he said. "We thought Bale was going to be with us by now but for the time being he is still not in Madrid."
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