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Gareth Bale’s transfer from Tottenham to Real Madrid reportedly done

Aug 21, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

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NBC Premier League insider Neil Ashton reported on NBCSN’s pregame show today that Gareth Bale’s prolonged transfer saga will soon be done, as the Tottenham attacker will indeed complete his long-talked about move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Ashton, the football news correspondent for England’s Daily Mail (@neilashton_), expects the deal to be announced soon.

Speculation over a bid from the Bernebau that could surpass a staggering $120 million for the 23-year-old Welshman, so full of skill and pace and coming off such a brilliant, breakthrough campaign with Spurs, have headlined the summer transfer talk for weeks.

Reports circulated in Spain just hours ago that Real Madrid’s latest offer for the summer’s most sought-after transfer target would be for $125 million plus Fabio Coentrão. So, we should know soon if that was the tipping point, finally convincing Tottenham to acquiesce. This comes on the heels of Tottenham closing in on Willian.

Here is Ashton’s report Wednesday, delivered before the Chelsea-Aston Villa match from Stamford Bridge:

  1. jrocknstuff - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Wow, surprising that Coentrao agreed to the move because he seemed adamant about only going to a Champions League club. I guess with the window nearing a close he felt the pressure to leave Madrid and find playing time. This should get Spurs into a CL spot for 2014/15.

    • brentlew - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Coentrao is Portugese going from one Porto coach (the Special 1) to another Porto coach (AVB), pretty straight forward.

      Spurs have made out like bandits.
      Bale for Soldado/Paulinho/Willian/Capoue.

      Brilliant!

      Madrid will play second fiddle to Barca once more, and
      do NOT have the pedigree to win the C-Leag.
      Within 3 years, Bale will be back in the Prem.

      • funsunrunning - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        Tottenham selling bale for that kinda money is a no brainer. But saying Real don’t have the pedigree is probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever read on these boards. Real can easily win the champions league, dortmund barely squeaked by real last year in the Champs league semis and bayern barely beat dortmund. Barcelona was embarrassed by bayern.

  2. tarotsujimoto74 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Hasn’t this reportedly been done several times this summer?

    • NowWaitJustAMinute - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Yep, but it seems it was always “nearly done” save replacements. Willian and rumored Lamela move make it easier for Spurs to announce the deal now.

  3. Scott Ludwig - Aug 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Reblogged this on Minnesota KICKS Soccer News.

  4. etchedchaos - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    You’ll excuse me if I don’t take the word of a Daily Fail reporter as gospel.

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