Real Madrid has been working to acquire Gareth Bale for most of the summer to no avail. The good news is that there is some progress in this area.
Things have started to get ugly in Tottenham after club chairman Daniel Levy turned down a massive £95 million offer for the midfielder. Darren Lewis of the Mirror reports that Bale only signed his latest extension with the idea that he could leave to a top club if given the opportunity.
Now that Bale has a chance to leave for Real and his boss is not letting him, he is unsurprisingly angry at the situation.
According to Sky Sports, the reigning EPL Player of the Year has told his manager, Andre Villas-Boas, that he wants to be moved to the La Liga club no matter what.
While Spurs maintained that Bale would not be sold, the player's ability to hold out and refuse to play for his current squad could force a transfer to happen.
On the other side of the equation, the Real Madrid manager has finally admitted publicly that his club is involved in this deal. According to BBC Sport, Carlo Ancelotti recently stated:
I believe the club is in talks to find a solution and we will see what happens. It is difficult to talk about Bale because he is not a Real Madrid player at present. I have never spoken to him. I do not usually talk to players who are not from my team and it would not be fair to do so.
Although this is not the most informative statement, the idea that his side is working to find a solution is a positive development.
This is especially true considering that Tottenham is also willing to negotiate, according to Tancredi Palmeri of CNN Italy:
Now Tottenham negotiating. The request is still unmatched. But distance is no more that far. Seems Bale to Real Madrid will happen,let's see— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 31, 2013
Sam Wallace of The Independent also reports that the club would make a deal if a bid exceeds the current world record of £80 million without any players included. This is something that Levy can "justify to supporters."
Where will Gareth Bale play next season?
It seems as though the biggest issue going forward is public relations. Tottenham do not want to give up one of the top young players in the world when it has a chance to play its way into the Champions League this season.
The problem is that the club is making itself look worse by not allowing a player to leave who clearly is looking for a better opportunity.
Considering Bale's desire to play for Real Madrid and the Spanish club's willingness to spend, there seems to be a very good chance that a deal is eventually reached.
However, fans should expect this situation to drag out until the end of the transfer window.
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