Tottenham Star Gareth Bale to Join Real Madrid on Friday, Claims Report

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterAugust 22, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19:   Gareth Bale of Tottenham controls the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland at White Hart Lane on May 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale will complete his move to Real Madrid on Friday, claims Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

The 24-year-old has been a target for the Spanish giants throughout the summer, and the long-running saga over his world-record transfer is set to come to an end within 24 hours.

The Wales international will become the world's most expensive player in a £93 million deal, according to Lustig.

The previous world-record transfer fee was set when Real paid £80 million to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in July 2009.

Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao is set to join Spurs as part of the deal, according to the report.

Tottenham technical director Franco Baldini is currently in Madrid to finalise the move for Bale, which will also see Erik Lamela join the White Hart Lane club from AS Roma, says Lustig.

Bale joined Spurs from Southampton in 2007 and has scored 42 goals in 146 Premier League appearances for the White Hart Lane side.

According to Pete Jenson of the Daily Telegraph, Real want Bale to make his debut in the televised La Liga clash against Athletic Bilbao a week from Sunday.

The report claims Bernabeu president Florentino Perez wants to maximise the arrival of Bale in the midday kickoff to television audiences in the Far East and Asia.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has been building his squad with the arrivals of players such as Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho and Nacer Chadli.

As reported by The Guardian, The North London club are also hoping to add Willian to their squad from Anzhi Makhachkala in a £30 million deal, which will take their spending during the current transfer window to almost £90 million.

Spurs have recouped £23 million from the departures of Steven Caulker, Clint Dempsey, Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone this summer.