Tottenham Transfer Rumours: Gareth Bale Set to Make Way for Willian

Ben Blackmore@@Blackmore_BRFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18:  Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas Boas looks on ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on Augsut 18, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Tottenham have taken a giant step closer to the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, which will pave the way for the arrival of Willian, according to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia.


UPDATE: Tuesday, August 20, at 1:05 p.m. BST

From Ben Smith of BBC Sport:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, August 20, at 12:35 p.m. BST

Di Marzio, a trusted Sky Italia journalist, provides news of Willian's pending deal:

He then clarifies the details of Bale's expected transfer, which will see Fabio Coentrao move to White Hart Lane:

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Andre Villas-Boas is also set to add more attacking flair to his Tottenham line-up with the £5.87 million capture of Bulgarian starlet Todor Nedelev, according to news outlet Труд and

Spurs continue to plan for life without Bale, and 20-year-old attacking midfielder Nedelev boasts a fearsome left foot capable of finding the net from range. has more on the exciting young Botev Plovdiv talent.

Last season Nedelev scored nine goals and registered 12 assists in Bulgaria’s top flight. The starlet has started this season on fire scoring four goals in four league games and three in five Europa League qualifiers.

Viewed as the No. 10 that Tottenham do not currently have in their squad, Nedelev already displays maturity to his attacking play, showing a good understanding of when to shoot and when to find a team-mate.

According to Труд, Tottenham sent chief scout Scott Hunt to monitor the player and, after two days of negotiations in London, have reached an agreement with Botev.

The news comes on the same day that reports in Russia claim Spurs have beaten Liverpool to the signing of Anzhi Makhachkala attacker Willian.

Journalist Nobel Arustamyan, who works for Radio Sport in Russia, is quoted by 101greatgoals saying the chances of the transfer are “now very high.” His claim is supported by, which says a medical will take place in the very near future.

However, Wayne Veysey of remains convinced Liverpool will succeed in their pursuit of Willian, claiming a £25.6 million deal has been struck after the Reds offered Anzhi 50 percent of the sell-on fee for the Brazil international:

Tottenham have also held talks about buying Willian, who is a long-term target of theirs, but are not yet believed to have made an offer. The 25-year-old is expected to make a decision about his next destination by Tuesday night, with the likelihood growing that a deal could be formalised (with Liverpool) by the middle of the week.

Tottenham’s move for Willian may well hinge on the Bale transfer, which would raise funds of at least £75 million for Villas-Boas to spend.

Madrid are intent on bringing the Wales international to Spain, and have even left the No. 11 jersey open for his arrival. Carlo Ancelotti’s squad list names numbers 1-25, with the 11 jersey the only vacancy.