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'Bye Bale!' Spanish media front pages wave goodbye to Gareth Bale as Real Madrid reassign his shirt number

Wales Online logo Wales Online 17/09/2020 Glen Williams

The Spanish press have bid goodbye to Gareth Bale after reports emerged that he has completed his medical ahead of a move to Tottenham.

The Welshman's protracted exit from Real Madrid appears to be careering towards a conclusion after his agent confirmed that a move to north London was close.

It was then reported that a deal had been completed on Wednesday night, barring minor contractual issues which needed ironing out, in a season-long loan switch which would net Bale more than £13m in wages.

Given the weeks, or even months, of inertia, the pace of this transfer has picked up rapidly in recent days and now reports emerging from Spain claim Bale, 31, on Wednesday underwent his medical at Madrid's Valdebebas HQ.

According to Vamos (via Mundo Deportivo ), both Bale and left back Sergio Reguilon completed their examinations ahead of their switch to north London.

The deal has been moved at such a pace that one Spanish newspaper, AS, splashed with the headline of 'Bye Bale' on the front page of their front page.

AS also report that Los Blancos are now planning for life without the Wales talisman, claiming the club have already planned to reassign his shirt number.

The Spanish outlet reports that Marcos Asensio, who has so often kept Bale out of the side in recent times, will swap his No. 20 for the Welshman's No.11.

The deal is undoubtedly complicated, though, and Daniel Levy, the Spurs owner, is a notoriously shrewd negotiator.

Real Madrid are quite clearly keen to get Bale off the books and, as part of the deal, it is thought the Spanish champions will pay a large proportion of the player's salary should he complete his return to Tottenham.

It is claimed Madrid are willing to pay 50 percent of Bale's £600,000-a-week wage in order to help facilitate a move back to the Premier League.

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Reporter Josep Pedrerol has questioned Real Madrid's thought process in sanctioning such a move, though, and told Florentino Perez that the player should stay put.

"Bale could go to Tottenham with [Jose] Mourinho... but Tottenham are even planning for Real Madrid to pay part of his wages," he said on ChiringuitoTV.

"Real Madrid are sending Bale to Tottenham and paying for him to play there... Is that normal?

"What would a Madridista say to paying Bale's wages while he plays for another team? What would a Madridista say to paying Bale's wages while he plays for Mourinho?

"And what if Mourinho makes Zidane look a fool and [Bale] plays well?

"Florentino... he may as well stay."

The reporter, who has more than one million followers on Twitter, also questioned Zidane's coaching methods, citing the number of players, including Bale, with whom he has fallen out of favour with while in charge at the Bernabeu.

"James [Rodriguez] made his debut the other day and was Everton's best player," he added.

"James doesn't like Zidane. Bale doesn't like him. Kepa [Arrizabalaga] didn't like him. Vinicius [Junior] doesn't like him. Neither do Rodrygo [Goes] or [Luka] Jovic.

"No one likes him!

"Isco, Marcelo and [Karim] Benzema like him.

"So he's won La Liga. He couldn't not have won La Liga against the worst Barcelona of recent times.

"Come on, man!"

While this move is certainly like no other, it appears to be the best for all parties. Madrid get a huge chunk of wages off their wage bill — he costs the club £42,000 a day according to Marca 's recent report — Spurs get a top player at a cut price, Bale returns home and gets regular football and Ryan Giggs' Wales will certainly be happy with that.

The transfer, of course, is not signed and sealed just yet.

But given just how quickly this deal appears to have accelerated in just 24 hours, we do not appear too far away from arguably the biggest transfer of the summer so far.


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