The transfer saga that has rumbled on throughout the whole of the transfer window may finally have come to an end.
Despite various reports suggesting figures of anywhere between £85million and £100million the transfer which is set to be completed within the coming days is sure to eclipse the current world record fee that Real Madrid paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2009.
Gareth Bale's silence over the course of the summer transfer window highlights the Welshman's desire to play for the Spanish outfit.
Bale will not feature in Tottenham's away Europa League qualifier against Dinamo Tbilisi in Georgia today due to a suspected foot problem which has led to him missing most of Spurs' pre-season.
Reports suggest that the deal will be announced in the coming days but not on Thursday, due to a friendly with Qatar side Al Sadd which will herald the return of Madrid's all time top goalscorer Raul.
It is understood that Real have reserved the number 11 shirt that Bale currently wears for Spurs in the sense of his imminent world record arrival.
Despite being resigned to losing their prize asset, Spurs have spent well this summer with the signings of current club record signing Roberto Soldado from Valencia, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue and with the expectation of Willian's £30 million arrival after passing medical yesterday at Spurs we may see Tottenham's expenditure reach a total of just under £90 million.
With reports of talks being held with Roma's Erik Lamela on top of these, Spurs' spending seems to not be slowing down easily and could therefore see the north London club surpassing Manchester City's massive spree and hit the £100million mark.
Having initially joined Tottenham for a fee of £10million from Southampton in 2007, Bale has improved leaps and bounds, resulting in him netting 26 times last season.
His blistering displays led to the Welshman being named the Professionals Footballers' Association and Football Writers players of the year.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti publicly stated that they 'were in talks for a solution' regarding the Bale transfer and this led to increased scrutiny from Tottenham head coach Andre Villas Boas.
However it looks increasingly positive for Real Madrid fans and this could be their fifth signing this summer following the arrivals of the likes of Malaga playmaker Isco and Asier Illarramendi for fees of £23million and £34million respectively.
Despite Tottenham losing their prized possession, the way in which Spurs have operated in the transfer market indicates that they are ready for live without Bale and could become even stronger in the coming years.
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