Revelations spark anger and panic
Published 22/01/2016 | 02:30
The leaking of documents revealing the financial details of Gareth Bale's world record transfer to Real Madrid has sparked fury with the player's representatives - and panic at the club.
The details of Bale's move from Spurs to Madrid in 2013, which were released by the website Football Leaks, confirmed that the deal was a world record, eclipsing the fee paid to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo four years earlier.
Real have always claimed the Bale deal was worth €91.59m, with Ronaldo's fee eclipsing that at €96 million, but the leaked documents have reported that Bale's fee amounted to €100,759,418 after they opted to pay Spurs in instalments.
AS also claim that the document detailing the deal, which runs to six pages, specified that Real would issue a press release stating that the price of the deal was €91.59m. It also stipulates that Spurs could not reveal any financial details surrounding the transfer to the media.
Jonathan Barnett, the co-owner of football agency Stellar Group who brokered Bale's move, is furious at how the finer details of the transfer have been made public and has demanded an independent investigation.
Ronaldo's future at Real remains a matter of intense speculation, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United both keen to sign him at the end of the season.
Spanish newspaper Marca say that Bale's form this season will be rewarded with a new contract.