Transfer news: Real Madrid eager to complete Gareth Bale deal over the weekend with Tottenham set to sell for a record £93m

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has played hardball over the transfer terms and could delay the move further after Chelsea's attempt to steal Bale's replacement Willian

Gareth Bale’s future looks increasingly likely to be at Real Madrid with a record £93m transfer fee that is expected to be completed at some point over this weekend.

The Spanish club intensified negotiations this week to land the Spurs winger with talks having gone on for almost two months, and rather embarrassingly Bale’s name was available to have printed on Real’s shirts on the club online store for a brief period yesterday.

However, Press Association are reporting that the move has been put on hold until Spurs confirm a replacement for Bale, after Chlesea attempted to hijack their move for Brazilian attacking midfielder Willian.

An agreement had been reached with his current side Anzhi Makhachkala with a medical also being passed, but Chelsea lodged a £32m bid late on Thursday night which was accepted by the Russian club. The allure of Champions League football - and probable increased wage - is likely to force Spurs into a dogfight over what they can offer Willian, as they look to secure his move before allowing Bale to leave.

Chairman Daniel Levy was incensed with Chelsea's late attempt, and they could also look to secure Roma striker Erik Lamela should they fail to land Willian. It could delay the sanctioning of Bale's move, but Real are determined to push it through this weekend regardless.

Levy has been in advanced discussions with Real officials for the last two days, with the structure of how the £93m will be paid at the forefront of talks after Madrid left-back Fabio Conetrao declined to be a makeweight in the deal.

Spurs had tried to persuade Real to include players in their offer, with Coentrao, Angel Di Maria and young striker Alvaro Morata believed to be included in their demands, but the trio’s reluctance to leave the Santiago Bernabeu means that the La Liga club will have to pay the full figure in cash.

Yet Real remain confident that they can announce the signing of the 24-year-old before their Madrid derby next weekend, with the club keen to maximise the global television audience with the early kick-off and Bale’s commerciality which is expected to return a large chunk – if not all – of the transfer fee,

The move was delayed by Real’s friendly against former player and club record goal-scorer Rauls’ new side Al Saad as part of the annual Santiago Bernabeu trophy, which Real one comfortably 5-0.

When the likely move goes through, the previous world-record transfer fee set when the Spanish club signed Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 after they paid £80m to Manchester United.

Bale has become increasingly frustrated at the lack of progress in talks having made it clear to Levy that he wanted to switch clubs and head to Real, and he grew tired of the chairman’s the tactics and apparent intransigence to get the most out of the buying club, which had appeared to put the transfer into doubt after meeting with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez twice over the summer.

There can be no doubting Levy’s ability to secure the best for Spurs though, and along with their technical director Franco Baldini, they have already worked wonders to bring Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Paulinho and Etienne Capoue to the club.

They remain close to completing the £30m signing of Willian which would be considered a significant coup for the Lilywhites should they fend of Chelsea's interest.

Villas-Boas is likely to move for 21-year-old Roma striker Erik Lamela Villas-Boas is likely to move for 21-year-old Roma striker Erik Lamela  

New Articles
tvDownton Abbey Christmas special
Arts and Entertainment
Wolf (Nathan McMullen), Ian (Dan Starky), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Clara (Jenna Coleman), Santa Claus (Nick Frost) in the Doctor Who Christmas Special (BBC/Photographer: David Venni)
tvOur review of the Doctor Who Christmas Special
News
peopleIt seems you can't silence Katie Hopkins, even on Christmas Day...
News
news
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Left to right: Stanley Tucci, Sophie Grabol and Christopher Eccleston in ‘Fortitude’
tvSo Sky Atlantic arrived in Iceland to film their new and supposedly snow-bound series 'Fortitude'...
Arts and Entertainment
Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald in the Doctor Who Christmas special
tvForget the rumours that Clara Oswald would be quitting the Tardis
Arts and Entertainment
Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi showing a small mascot shaped like a vagina
art
News
The Queen delivers her Christmas message
newsTwitter reacts to Her Majesty's Christmas Message
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Life and Style
fashion
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all