With the long-running saga set to come to a close, Tottenham’s Welsh forward will be handed an astronomical contract set to match that of Bernabeu hero Ronaldo.
Reports emerging from Madrid-based press Marca on Friday claim that Gareth Bale will be handed a contract of equivalent value to Cristiano Ronaldo’s when he finally joins Real Madrid.
The longest running transfer saga of recent years is set to be sealed with an enormous six-year contract for Bale, set to be worth a staggering €10m – the equivalent of £164,500 per week.
In Real Madrid’s long history only Cristiano Ronaldo and former Ballon D’Or winner Kaka have been handed a contract of that value.
Marca also claim that the transfer fee for Bale will be €99m (£85m) – comfortably enough to break the world record set by Madrid when they signed Ronaldo from Manchester United for £80m.
Spurs are expected to only announce the transfer after they complete the signing of Roma’s Eric Lamela. The 21-year-old Argentine looks all set to join Spurs, particularly with the sudden uncertainty over Willian’s next destination, and it only makes sense that Spurs would announce Bale’s departure only once they can be certain that they have a replacement sealed.