Gareth Bale could make debut for Real Madrid this week
'Bale box' ready for unveiling at Bernabeu, but are Spurs delaying to stop Arsenal deals?
THE TORTUOUS saga of Gareth Bale's transfer appears to be entering its final throes with reports in Spain claiming he will be unveiled as a Real Madrid player on Wednesday and could even make his debut for the Galacticos before the end of the week.
The latest reports come after Bale failed to show up at training with his Spurs team mates on Monday, after a club-authorised break in Marbella.
Real Madrid have tabled two offers for the Welsh winger, including a world record fee of £86m, and there were reports over the weekend that another club, believed to be Manchester United, had also put in a bid.
Despite the second club's late offer it appears that Real will win the race to sign him. The Daily Mail quotes reports in Spain that say Bale will sign tonight (Tuesday), although the paper adds that the deal could yet be delayed by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
"The north Londoners are keen to bring in Bale's replacement, Roma midfielder Erik Lamela, before any deal can be done, especially after losing out on top target Willian to Chelsea," says the paper. Spurs are also unhappy that the Spanish club want to spread the payments for Bale over six years.
The BBC notes that Bale was not present at White Hart Lane on Sunday as Spurs beat Swansea and did not arrive for training today. It also notes that "a stage, nicknamed the 'Bale Box', has been erected at the Bernabeu to unveil Bale to the Spanish club's fans".
Another reason for the delay in announcing the signing comes from the Sporting Preview website. It suggests that Spurs are delaying the Bale deal in order to stymie their rivals Arsenal, who are keen to purchase several stars from Real Madrid, who will only be sold once Bale arrives in Spain.
The website suggests that Spurs have adopted delaying tactics so that the Gunners to not have enough time to arrange deals for players including Iker Casillas, Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil before the transfer window closes on 2 September. ·