Real Madrid have agreed a deal with Tottenham for the transfer of Gareth Bale, it has been reported.
The Santiago Bernabeu club will pay an total of 91 million euros, making the deal fall just short of the amount paid for Ronaldo four years ago.
According to AS, the club will pay an initial 84 million euros with a further 7 million euros depending on appearance fees and other add-ons.
The 24-year-old will sign a six-year deal at the Bernabeu, and will earn a salary of around 10 million euros a year, comfortably making him one of the highest-paid footballers in the world.
Real wanted the deal finalised so Bale could make his debut today but it was held up by Spurs as they looked for a replacement. He is now expected to arrive in Madrid this evening and undergo a medical examination at 9am on Monday morning before being presented to the press and fans at 1pm.
Bale’s arrival in the Spanish capital signals the end of one of the longest running transfer sagas, with reports the deal was done for weeks, before conflicting information saying Spurs chairman was threatening to pull the plug on the deal, and that a second unnamed club was in for the forward.
Bale, the PFA Player of the Year, signed for Spurs from Southampton in 2007. He netted 26 goals in all competitions for the club last season, firing them to fifth place in the league and just missing out on the Champions League.