Real Madrid expect to reach an agreement with Tottenham for Gareth Bale imminently and have already set the stage for the winger's unveiling at the Santiago Bernabeu.
|THE STAGE IS SET
Both clubs expect the deal to be completed within the next few days, and Tottenham are actively pursuing replacements.
They had been on the brink of signing Brazilian attacker Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala, only to be gazumped by Chelsea at the 11th hour, though a deal for Roma star Erik Lamela is progressing.
Madrid have chased Bale all summer, and although initial reports suggested that they would only make a move next year, they lodged an official offer at the end of July.
They are now supremely confident of landing the double PFA Premier League Player of the Year winner, and indeed had already given the game away by listing 'Bale 11' replica shirts on their official website.
Although the club have prepared the special balcony to welcome Bale, the unveiling will not compare to those of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka or Karim Benzema, which featured a grand stage on the Bernabeu centre circle.