The Gareth Bale saga runs on with nothing new happening. The days slide by, and the situation is much the same as it was at the beginning of August: Tottenham knows full well that the player wants to leave, and that it has an historic offer on the table…but nothing doing.
The hardness of Daniel Levy in this proposed deal is driving Real Madrid and the player up the wall, as nobody can understand the dictatorial posture taken by the Spurs president. “We just don’t know what to do” sources close to the player’s side of the negotiation table have told MARCA.
The truth of the matter is that neither Bale nor ‘Los Blancos’ can do anything to get things going. The player has done all that he can by refusing to play, and Real has whacked a jaw-dropping €98 million onto the table. But Levy is having none of it, and seems set on making himself the star of the show, more newsworthy even than Bale himself.
From Italy came the news that an agreement between the two parties was imminent, and that Fabio Coentrao would be a part of the deal, but the reality is that Levy has not even answered the Real Madrid president regarding his latest offer. “The signing will happen on the day that Mr. Levy wishes it to”, those close to the player have told MARCA.
Negotiations for Gareth Bale appear to be gridlocked and the soap-opera surrounding his move looks unlikely to be resolved until next week. Real Madrid has tried to include Fabio Coentrao in a deal for the Welshman, as Villas-Boas is a fan, but Tottenham wants any deal for the Portuguese full-back to be kept completely separate from the Welshman’s departure.
The reason that Levy wants to keep the deals for Coentrao and Bale separate is none other than to sign off on the highest possible transfer fee for the Welsh midfielder. Real wants to seal a deal for €86m plus Fabio Coentrao, but Tottenham still values Bale at no less than €109m, with no player included in the deal.
As things stand, Bale’s move to Real Madrid has stalled, although the Spanish club remains convinced that Levy will end up accepting the offer and that the Welshman will join Real Madrid on a five-year deal.
The atmosphere at the Bernabéu is the same as that in the Tottenham dressing room, where Villas-Boas is training his squad and does not expect Bale to be part of his future plans. Despite telling the press that “Bale is Tottenham’s future” – as he did last week -, the truth of the matter is that the Portuguese knows that the midfielder’s move to Real Madrid is a case of when rather than if.