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<b>Gareth Bale - Tottenham to Real Madrid (2013)</b><br/>
With one day remaining until the close of the window, the transfer of Bale was finally completed. After winning not one but two Player of the Year awards for his displays last season and almost single-handedly taking Spurs into the Champions League - interest in the Welshman was always likely. And when it turned out Real Madrid were among those that coveted the forward's services, it always seemed likely he would end up leaving. Yet that didn't stop the move dragging on all summer. Will he turn up for training? Will Real pay a world record fee? Will he morph into Cristiano Ronaldo? Eventually we got the answers (no, seems so, yes) but boy did it take a while.

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