Spurs, Real agree on Bale pricetag: S$186m

Spurs, Real agree on Bale pricetag: S$186m
Tottenham’s Welsh international Gareth Bale sits on the subs bench during the international friendly between Wales and Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium on Aug 14, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. Photo: Getty Images
Published: 8:26 AM, August 21, 2013
Updated: 4:00 AM, August 22, 2013

LONDON — A deal has been agreed in principle that will see Gareth Bale move to Real Madrid for a world record fee, according to Sky Italia.

Bale (picture) had made it clear he wanted to leave Tottenham for the Spanish capital and it looks like he may have finally got his wish after chairman Daniel Levy managed to negotiate a fee of £93 million (S$186 million) with the nine-time European champions.

The deal is said to include Fabio Coentrao, who has made it clear that he would like a move away from the Bernabeu, with Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio breaking the news via Twitter.

While Bale’s playing influence at White Hart Lane was vast as they reached a record Premier League points haul, Andre Villas-Boas has already made some pre-emptive strikes in the transfer market to negate his possible loss.

The White Hart Lane club have already brought in over £50 million worth of talent in the shape of Etienne Capoue, Spain striker Roberto Soldado, Brazil midfielder Paulinho and Belgium winger Nacer Chadli.

Reports have also emerged that Tottenham are on the verge of signing Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala in a £30 million deal.

The two clubs have agreed on a deal with the Brazilian, who is in London undergoing a medical check-up. Although the deal is not fully complete and there is a small possibility he could still opt for Liverpool, Tottenham look very likely to make their fifth summer signing.

Liverpool were originally thought to be favourites to sign Willian, but Spurs decided to revisit their interest in the former Shakhtar Donetsk player.

Andre Villas-Boas had attempted to sign Willian in January, with Levy travelling to Ukraine to speak to negotiate a deal with Shaktar, but the player moved to Russian club Anzhi instead.

But with Anzhi owner Suleyman Kerimov putting the entire first-team squad up for sale, Spurs decided to take advantage and bid.