Gareth Bale’s Tottenham Future to be Decided Within the Next 48 Hours

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Spurs hierarchy want transfer fee paid up front in full rather than across a five-year period.

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The future of wantaway Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Gareth Bale will be decided within the next 48 hours, with the north London club now set to be demanding a fee of £100 million for their star man, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday.

The Wales international is currently the subject of a word-record transfer bid of £85m for his services from the Spanish giants, who have been tracking the 24-year-old all summer long with a view to bringing Bale to the Santiago Bernabeu for next season.

However, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and majority shareholder Joe Lewis are now both to meet with Madrid president Florentino Perez in either Miami or Phoenix within the next 48 hours for face-to-face talks in order to finally settle Bale’s future, with Lewis set to take control of negotiations.

And Spurs are believed to be seeking a fee of £100m in cash for the wide man, who won the double Footballer of the Year award last season on the back of scoring 26 goals in just 44 matches for the club, including 21 strikes in only 33 Premier League encounters.

But if, as reported, Madrid ask for the payments to be staggered over a five-year period, then Lewis will instead demand £120m for the Welshman.

“It isn’t just Daniel Levy involved now. It is Joe Lewis who is going to be facing Perez at the negotiating table. He wants to meet Perez and resolve the Bale situation,” said an insider.

“The main outstanding issue is one of cash, rather than the question of which player, if any, comes to White Hart Lane from the Bernabeu. The sides are still some way apart.”

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