It now seems only a matter of time before Gareth Bale officially becomes a Real Madrid player and Tottenham get their hands on a very big pot of cash.
The delay so far will be put down to various technicalities over terms and conditions in contracts and the various difficulties of doing a deal for a player which is around a world record fee.
However, Daniel Levy’s shrewd mind could be ticking over with a more deliberate plan which has an impact on Arsenal.
The biggest criticism of the Gunners this summer has been why they are taking so long to do deals for the calibre of players that can not only keep them in the top four, but give them a shot of becoming title contenders again.
Arsenal have been linked with some very good players so far this summer and currently the names of Real Madrid stars Mesut Ozil, Angel Di Maria and Karim Benzema have all been mentioned in connection with the club.
The problem is that Real Madrid have to protect their own interests and would be foolish to commission deals for any of those players, considering their quality and importance, until the Bale deal has officially gone through.
It could be the case that Real Madrid and Tottenham worked out a physical deal ages ago but Levy has found things or issues to talk about just to suck time up, which reduces the chances of Arsenal getting any of their Real Madrid targets.
It’s a very clever move on the part of the Tottenham chairman if that was his intention because Arsenal are the main threat to Tottenham’s top four position at the moment.
Last season showed dramatically that the gap between the two North London clubs has been closed from the days where Arsenal dominated English football.
Spurs have improved while the Gunners have seemingly gone backwards and if the Tottenham chief can do anything to give his side an advantage over their local rivals then he will do it.
The deal could be announced by the end of the week which would give Arsenal a little bit of time over the weekend and heading into Monday to try and get deals done for their first choice targets.
However, the Bale deal has shown just how complicated expensive transfers for higher profile players can be.
If Levy has made a deliberate attempt to block Arsenal from signing Real Madrid players then it may even be the case that he’s made it a stipulation that the deal doesn’t go through until Monday.
That would make it near impossible for the Gunners to react and get in any of Ozil, Di Maria or Benzema.
What do you make of the delay? Is it deliberate?
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