GARETH BALE expects his Real Madrid move to be clinched by Tuesday – and the Spanish giants are ready to follow up with the stunning capture of Luis Suarez, Real want the Premier League duo in within a fortnight, paving the way for them to cave in to Manchester United’s £80m bid to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
The La Liga giants know capturing Bale, and then wrapping up a £40m deal for Liverpool star Suarez, will allow them to cash in on Ronaldo who is stalling on signing a new deal at the Bernabeu.
Starsport understands Liverpool expect to receive a formal offer from Madrid next week, and have already started planning for life without the striker by offering £15m for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa.
Bale did not train with Tottenham yesterday and stayed behind as the team travelled for today’s friendly with Monaco. And Bale – who has made it clear he has no intention of playing for Spurs again – expects chairman Daniel Levy to conclude a deal with the Bernabeu giants’ president after the weekend.
The north Londoners want £85m plus hotshot young striker Alvaro Morata – who is valued at around £10m.
Madrid had resisted the prospect of letting Morata, 20, go, but are understood to be ready to sanction a deal as long as a buy-back clause is inserted. Bale could even fly to Madrid this weekend to meet Madrid president Florentino Perez, who has stayed in Spain after his team travelled to the US for a tour.
Starsport revealed yesterday the Welsh wonder did not feature a list of players for the forthcoming season on a wall of the club’s training ground in Enfield, Essex.
Two days of talks last week failed to persuade Bale to stay and Levy and boss Andre Villas-Boas have reluctantly accepted they will have to let him leave.
Perez has also been talking to United over a deal to take Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, as Starsport again told you exclusively yesterday, Having sold Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli, Real are one short in the forward department and Suarez is the man they are confident of getting from under the noses of Arsenal.
The Spanish club are the central players in an amazing transfer merry-go-round which affects three of England’s top clubs. And once the Bale deal goes through, it could pave the way for a stunning series of deals.
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger yesterday blasted the proposed fee for Bale, saying it undermined the Financial Fair Play regulations. “It makes a joke of it,” he said.
“It’s quite amazing that in the year where the Financial Fair Play comes in, the football world has gone completely crazy.
“You wonder what kind of impact and effect it has on the football world. It looks like it has made everybody worse than before.”