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Franco Baldini Flies to Madrid to Complete £93m Gareth Bale sale

Welshman could be a los Blancos player by close of business on Friday. 

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The world-record £93 million transfer of Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale to Real Madrid should finally be completed by the weekend after the north London club’s technical director, Franco Baldini, flew to the Spanish capital to finalise the deal, according to reports in the Independent.

The sale of the coveted Wales international has dominated the summer transfer window, with the two clubs having been locked in face-to-face talks for the past few weeks as they attempted to thrash out terms for the 24-year-old’s move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, now that the two sides have finally agreed on a price and a method of how the sum will be paid, with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy insisting that los Blancos deliver the funds in one lump sum, the deal looks set to go through.

However, it is also understood that Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao will not now be part of the transfer after the Portugal left-back rejected the opportunity to move to White Hart Lane, meaning that the Liga giants will instead pay Spurs the full £93m fee in cash over a four-year period.

And that means that Baldini will then travel to Rome to wrap up deals for the AS Roma duo of Erik Lamela and Miralem Pjanic, with Spurs expected to have the Argentina international striker and the Bosnian midfield player on board before the window shuts on Sept 2.


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