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It would appear that the signing last night of striker Willian for £30m signals that the deal between Real Madrid and Tottenham for Gareth Bale is imminent.
Tottenham`s spending on Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho and now Willian is being funded by the anticipated sale of Bale to Madrid. Tottenham are waiting for Real Madrid to come back with an improved offer above the £85m they have already offered last week. There have been rumblings about Real`s ability to finance such a deal, especially as their president, Florentino Pérez, has recently said publicly that the asking price for Bale is “too much”.
Observers in the UK are also sceptical about Real`s ability to finance the deal but it is possible that waiting in the wings are Manchester United with an offer for Ronaldo. The ex-United player has always had a soft spot for the club where he became famous and has a close affinity with the fans. At 28, Ronaldo is in his prime years, but Real Madrid also knows that his next contract will be his last.
Ronaldo has stalled on signing a new contract over a dispute over wages; again this has sparked rumours of financial difficulties at the Bernebeu. Manchester United have already been told by Nike, who are also the sponsors of Ronaldo, that they will help fund his wages if United do make a bid for him, as well as assistance from General Motors who are to become Manchester United`s main shirt sponsors next season.
United have the cash to finance such a deal, so basically the money will go to Real Madrid for Ronaldo then onto Tottenham for Bale.
With the closure of the transfer window looming, it is likely that we will see some activity in the next few days.