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  

News
Susan Sarandon described David Bowie as
peopleSusan Sarandon reveals more on her David Bowie romance
Sport
Lewis Hamilton walks back to the pit lane with his Mercedes burning in the background
Formula 1
Arts and Entertainment
The new characters were announced yesterday at San Diego Comic Con
comic-con 2014
Sport
Arsenal supporters gather for a recent ‘fan party’ in New Jersey
football
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
No Devotion's Geoff Rickly and Stuart Richardson
musicReview: No Devotion, O2 Academy Islington, London
News
i100
News
Bryan had a bracelet given to him by his late father stolen during the raid
people
News
A rub on the tummy sprang Casey back to life
video
Sport
sportDidier Drogba returns to Chelsea on one-year deal
Arts and Entertainment
The Secret Cinema performance of Back to the Future has been cancelled again
film
Life and Style
Balmain's autumn/winter 2014 campaign, shot by Mario Sorrenti and featuring Binx Walton, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Ysaunny Brito, Issa Lish and Kayla Scott
fashionHow Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film
filmFifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral outrage in US
News
people
News
BBC broadcaster and presenter Evan Davis, who will be taking over from Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight
peopleForget Paxman - what will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Life and Style
fashionCustomer complained about the visibly protruding ribs
News
newsComedy club forced to apologise as maggots eating a dead pigeon fall out of air-conditioning
Arts and Entertainment
Jo Brand says she's mellowed a lot
tvJo Brand says shows encourage people to laugh at the vulnerable
Life and Style
People may feel that they're procrastinating by watching TV in the evening
life
News
Tovey says of homeless charity the Pillion Trust : 'If it weren't for them and the park attendant I wouldn't be here today.'
people
Sport
Rhys Williams
commonwealth games
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

Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

What will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little