Gareth Bale to join Real Madrid 'very, very soon' admit Spurs
Andre Villas-Boas concedes that player will move for £86m fee – but he still wants him fined
SPURS boss Andre Villas-Boas has admitted for the first time that Gareth Bale is about to leave the club and join Real Madrid for a world record fee of around £86m, admitting that the player has already said goodbye to his team-mates.
However, the Portuguese coach was unable to clear up the lingering confusion about when the deal would be finalised and hinted at the level of exasperation felt at White Hart Lane by saying that Bale should be fined by the club for failing to show up for training this week.
Villas-Boas said Bale's decision not to return to the London club after the weekend was a tactic designed to push through the deal. "I don’t think it's the correct behaviour but in the end it's a position of pressure and a statement from the player," he said.
"At the moment the two clubs are speaking to outline the final statement and drafts of contracts. I'm not sure how much time it's going to take. It can happen very, very soon or it could go to the last day. Tottenham will most likely accept the biggest transfer in world football and if everything goes all right, it will be the end of the story."
According to the Evening Standard Villas-Boas was unwilling to criticise Bale, and The Guardian reports: "The over-riding sense from Villas-Boas... was that he wanted to move on; to push for the new signings that he hopes will make the squad collectively stronger, in spite of Bale's loss."
The paper adds that after the collapse of the deal to bring Willian to Spurs, Villas-Boas has identified three new targets. Top of his list is Roma forward, Erik Lamela, who will cost around £27m. A deal is reportedly in place and the signing would break the club's transfer record for the third time this summer.
Steaua Bucharest centre-back Vlad Chiriches is also close to an £8m switch, while Spurs have also made a bid of almost £7m for Ajax attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen, although the Dutch club want around £13m. ·