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In a saga that felt way longer than the couple of months the negotiations (though not the speculation) actually lasted, Gareth Bale finally got his move to Real Madrid in the waning days of the transfer window.
Bale described joining the La Liga club as a "dream come true" in his farewell statement on TottenhamHotspur.com.
Tottenham worked hard to ensure neither the player nor Real had things all their own way, though.
The world-record transfer fee of £85.3 million Spurs eventually received was a testament to chairman Daniel Levy's patience and fortitude in negotiations.
It would have been easy to settle on a lower, albeit still considerably lucrative, offer. Instead, Levy pushed Florentino Perez and his band of vultures as far as he possibly could.
Real may come to reflect on it as money well spent, but that is of no concern to Spurs.
Levy's negotiating tactics—now aided by new technical director Franco Baldini—have not always helped Tottenham on the pitch.
This time, the majority of their own purchases were made before the season began. Those that followed were completed once it was clear they would have the Bale money to help cover the cost (not to mention that earned from the sales of others like Tom Huddlestone and Clint Dempsey).
The earlier dealings ensured manager Andre Villas-Boas' squad was not lacking as the season got underway. By biding their time in the Bale negotiations, they ensured fees for later signings—like Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela—were not driven too high.
All of this was not clear at the time, but in hindsight, Levy played a bit of a blinder.