Spanish giants face a long weekend.
Tottenham Hotspur are going to make Real Madrid wait until after their game against Arsenal on Sunday before signing off on Gareth Bale’s move to the Spanish Capital, Sky Sports reports.
The Welshman’s world record £86 million transfer to Real is yet to be finalised despite the player agreeing personal terms with the club on Friday, and his new employers are becoming increasingly agitated at how lengthy the whole process is taking.
Real vice-president Fernando Fernández-Tapias accused Spurs this week of dragging their feet over the deal and warned that the Spanish side was a great one even without the winger.
The 24-year-old’s representatives are thought to be locked in talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy in a bid to resolve the saga and bring it to a close as soon as possible, but Levy is thought to be keen to drag out negotiations until after the north London derby with Arsenal on Sunday as he fear’s that Bale’s transfer could trigger up to three Madrid players joining Arsenal in time for the clash.
Reports claimed that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, under pressure to make signings before Monday’s deadline, was willing to blow his entire transfer budget on Real trio Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria.
Asked on Thursday if he thought that Bale would sign for Madrid, Fernández-Tapias said: “I think so, yes, but I could not swear to it entirely.
“We are going to wait and see what happens. Sometimes it is yes, sometimes it is no: they keep putting it off.
“(Bale) is not here, because there are problems there. We thought Bale was going to be with us by now but for the time being he is still not in Madrid.
“I don’t doubt the value of the player but Real Madrid without Bale is still a strong Madrid. We have a great team.”