Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy could hang onto Welsh wizard Gareth Bale until after this Sunday's league game against Arsenal, despite the move apparently being imminent, though it appears that Bale's switch to Madrid could well be wrapped up before this weekend's fixture.
According to the Daily Mail, Bale has now failed to attend training for two successive days, with sources suggesting that he shall never return to Tottenham again. The deal looks closer than ever, with Andre Villas-Boas also admitting that the transfer could be finalised "very,very soon".
The arrival of Welshman Gareth Bale could possibly spark off a transfer frenzy at Madrid, with Angel Di Maria, Karim Benzema and Mesut Ozil potentially departing the club. All of these players could be made surplus to requirements, and additionally they have all been linked with Tottenham rivals, Arsenal.
If Bale's move is complete in the next day or two, Madrid could potentially offload some players to make up for the amount of money used for Bale's purchase. Arsenal have been heavily linked with all three players and could make a move once they are given the green light.
If Arsenal sign any of the players that are rumoured to depart, they could cause a threat against Tottenham this weekend. Because of this, Tottenham may stall on the deal until after the North London derby meeting.
Spurs are also reportedly waiting for the confirmation of Erik Lamela's move from AS Roma to go through before selling Gareth Bale.
It will be in Tottenham's best interest to part ways with Bale on deadline day, but with a replacement on its way, Spurs may have to sell the Welshman in the coming days.
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