Those problems threaten the structure of any transfer, which could subsequently cause it to fall through and that’s an undoubted positive for Spurs despite apparent reports that Bale is extremely keen on the Spanish switch.
There are several reasons why the deal may not happen, despite the fact that Real Madrid have already tabled a world record offer of £85 million for the Welshman.
The most obvious one which has been reported is the doubts that Daniel Levy holds over Real Madrid’s capacity to pay a world record transfer fee.
Levy is a businessman and he’s always run Spurs with the intention of getting his club the best possible deal and he’s reportedly cited several concerns over the Spanish club’s capacity to buy the player.
Levy won’t want to go ahead with a deal if Andre Villas-Boas is in a situation where he can’t use the Bale money to improve the side because with the fees being talked about, Spurs could easily go after at least three top players to compensate for Bale’s absence.
The second reason relates to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez who seems to have backtracked on his comments that Real Madrid are not afraid to pay big money to sign the best players.
Perez has voiced concerns over the amount of cash that Tottenham are asking for, which could eventually end up well over the £100 million mark.
“If I don't speak about names, I don't speak about money. [But] if you say €100m, I would say that seems a lot ... for anything. I'm not going to speak about it because I shouldn't and I can't,” said Perez as per the Guardian.
If Perez is having reservations over the amount of cash that it’s actually going to take to sign Bale then that’s good news for Tottenham because it makes him less likely to push on for a deal to get him.
However, the example of Cristiano Ronaldo is a good transfer to look at in the recent past where Real Madrid paid £80 million for a single player, plus over £50 million for Kaka in the summer.
The third reason the deal may not happen relates to reports earlier in the week that some of Real Madrid’s star players weren’t entirely happy with the club’s pursuit of Bale, questioning whether he was worth the cash and the effort.
One of the things you can’t do at Real Madrid is lose the key players in the dressing room because stars like Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos hold all of the influence and have the ability to make anyone an outcast as far as his teammates or colleagues are concerned.
Whether the deal happens or not, we won’t know until it comes down to it but there is hope for Tottenham fans that they can realistically keep one of their best players in recent memory.
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