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Real Madrid have already put Bale’s shirts up for sale on their website

real-madrid-baleshirt-websiteHow cheeky is this from Real Madrid? Gareth Bale hasn’t even signed for them yet but they have the audacity to put his no. 11 shirt up for sale on their website . And based on reports this morning the deal could even fall through with Spurs now threatening to pull out if they lose Willian to Chelsea. More on that story here

Andre Villas-Boas refused to comment on speculation regarding Gareth Bale’s future – but Real Madrid already appear to think they have got their man.

On the ‘Official Real Madrid Store’ webpage, Tottenham winger Gareth Bale is clearly listed as No 11 on the La Liga giants’ squad list between Mesut Ozil and Marcelo and his new replica shirt is available for purchase.

Shortly after the screen grabs were taken, the site was down for maintenance.

Real had kept No 11 free when they announced their squad numbers in pre-season and are desperate to land Bale and hand him the shirt.

The Welshman has been linked with a move to the Spanish capital all summer after some scintillating performances for Spurs last season.

Real have made no secret of their desire to sign Bale this summer and Tottenham technical director Franco Baldini flew to Madrid on Wednesday to finalise Bale’s world record £94million transfer to Los Blancos.

However, it seems Madrid have jumped the gun and dropped the strongest hint yet that Bale’s arrival is imminent by selling shirts bearing the former Southampton man’s name.

Villas-Boas tried to dodge the first question about the progress of Bale’s transfer in his post-match press conference after Tottenham’s 5-0 win over Dinamo Tbilisi and said he was concentrating on ‘building a very strong team’.

When pressed on the frontman’s future the Spurs boss said: ‘On Gareth I am not able to comment on anything that has been my tone since the start of the season and I will not come out of it.’

Despite Villas-Boas’ comments it appears that the 24-year-old has played his last game for the North London club.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has pulled off a coup by spending most of the cash from Bale’s sale even before it has been confirmed, avoiding the inflated costs often quoted to clubs who are known to have lots of money to spend.

Having already spent £60million on four new signings, the White Hart Lane club have also held talks in London with Roma officials over the potential signing of Argentine forward Erik Lamela.

However, a move for Anzhi Makhachkala star Willian has been cast into doubt with Chelsea now reportedly in pole position to sign the 25-year-old.

Madrid aren’t the first club to have let slip about a potential switch this summer after Manchester United accidentally announced the appointment of Everton manager David Moyes by asking fans to send the Scot a personal welcome message before an official announcement had been made.

In 2008, Chelsea scuppered a move for Madrid star Robinho when they started selling replica shirts bearing the Brazilian’s name before they had actually signed him. The frontman later moved to Manchester City and claimed his move to Stamford Bridge fell through because Real were angry at the Blues’ for denting their ‘pride’.

Source: Daily Mail

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