Soccer-Real’s pursuit of Bale nears completion – reports (Reuters)

MADRID, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s quest to land Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale for a world record fee looks to be nearing its conclusion with Spanish media reporting on Thursday a deal was all but secured. The nine-times European champions have a reputation for getting their man and sports daily Marca were sourcing radio station Cadena COPE when they said a deal had been agreed and would be confirmed on Friday for 99 million euros ($132.43 million). Real’s signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009 set the world record transfer fee at some 96 million euros. …

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