Real Madrid are believed to have moved a step closer this week to signing Gareth Bale, reportedly agreeing a six-year contract.
The capital club have been increasingly linked with making a move this summer for the €90m-rated Tottenham star, who is also seen as having admirers in Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
Marca, however, believe that Madrid have the advantage and may have already put forward an initial offer for Spurs’ consideration, of a transfer fee of between €80m and €85m and full-back Fabio Coentrao included to go the other way.
It is also alleged by the Madrid-based publication that Florentino Perez and Jose Angel Sanchez have already sat down with Bale’s representative Jonathan Barnett and thrashed out terms of a deal.
Reportedly settling on a six-year deal, Los Blancos are reportedly committed to paying the player a starting wage of between €9m and €10m, should a transfer fee with Tottenham be agreed.
Barnett has also apparently indicated to Madrid that Bale will turn down advances from other parties, such as Manchester United, who are anticipated as making a move this transfer window also.