London – Gareth Bale flew to Spain on Saturday to prepare to sign for Real Madrid – but Tottenham and the Spanish giants are still thrashing out terms of the proposed world-record move.
The 24-year-old Wales star flew to Malaga in a private jet, then travelled by taxi to Marbella, where he is expected to stay while negotiations conclude – and before he is unveiled as a Real Madrid player on Tuesday.
It is understood that Real have tabled two offers, one of £86m involving payments over three to four years, the other a one-off up-front payment of around £70m, with a player probably thrown in as a makeweight.
Spurs, who are believed to have concerns over the schedule of payments for the larger amount, have attempted to persuade Bale to stay, offering to smash their wage structure and pay him a club record £200,000 a week. But the winger, who joined Spurs in a £10m deal from Southampton in 2007, is set on becoming a Champions League contender.
If the two clubs agree the £86m deal, Bale’s transfer fee will be the biggest ever in football history, topping the £80m Real paid to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
Real Madrid play on Monday night against Granada in La Liga and no presentation of Bale is expected before then. – Daily Mail