With only days left until the transfer window slams shut, Gareth Bale is getting itchy feet…
Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale has pleaded with his chairman Daniel Levy not to ruin his chance of joining La Liga giants Real Madrid in a world-record move, reports the Mirror.
The Welshman is close to sealing an £86m transfer, which breaks Real Madrid’s own record they set in 2009 with an £80m deal for Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Bale didn’t show for training on Tuesday, and has no plans to turn up on Wednesday either.
Madrid were so confident of sealing a deal, they even constructed a stage at the Bernabeu to unveil the flying winger – which angered the Spurs hierarchy greatly.
With Levy refusing to be bullied into a transfer by the Spanish side, Bale staying at White Harte Lane is starting to look like a realistic possibility.
Liverpool’s and Manchester United’s stances on wantaway pair Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney earlier this summer shows that an unhappy player does not always have control over his future.
24-year-old Bale though, is adamant that his dream move will not ruined by the London club he played so brilliantly for last term.
Tottenham want to complete a £26m deal for Roma’s Argentine attacker Erik Lamela before allowing Bale to leave – and Lamela is heading to London in the coming days for a medical.
Bale’s imminent arrival at Real Madrid could have ramifications for other Premier League clubs – who could turn to German playmaker Mesut Ozil, who will no longer be guaranteed a starting spot in Madrid.
With Manchester United and Arsenal both hovering, a Bale deal could set off a lucrative transfer merry-go-round before the end of August.