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Transfer Truth: The Truth on Bale to Real Madrid Developments

Posted on Jul 25th, 2013 by Araz Heydariyehzadeh

In the early hours of yesterday morning multiple news sources started running headlines apparently confirming that Gareth Bale had agreed a 6 year deal with Real Madrid.

Bale: Transfer Truth: 20%
In the last 24 hours the biggest headline maker of the day was that of Bale having actually signed for Real Madrid. Before we blow this one out of the water yet again, we'd like to present you with a list of headlines run by the media in the UK. Given the complete lack hard facts involved, this list should see a few hang their heads in shame:

> Bale agrees move to Real Madrid (Independent)
> Real agree Bale terms (ITV)
> Madrid claim Bale wants to leave Spurs (Telegraph)
> Bale has agreed a move to Real Madrid (Independent)
> Bale 'agrees' Real Madrid deal (Week)
> Real Madrid have agreed personal terms with Tottenham’s Gareth Bale (Metro)

We could go on and on with the list of well known sources running with a headline which leaves zero room for interpretation but reveals a story to the contrary. Far be it from little old us to get on our headline writing high horse, in fact we enjoy the sensationalism of the transfer window in the absence of any real football to eat up, but this is an utter disgrace. Knowledge that even casual football fans possess would tell you that Real can not agree terms with Bale until Tottenham accept a bid, and Spurs have been persistent that they would knock back any bid for the Welsh winger, let alone having already accepted one. AVB reiterated his stance recently:

He is a player that we are willing to continue to have, he's a Tottenham player, he's one of the most fantastic players in the world at the moment and we are counting on him for the future.

No Source
When you dig deeper in to any of these stories you find that none of them really have a reliable source. Most rely on one of two areas for inspiration. Primarily "a club source" which as we know is license for most news sources to reverse engineer headlines by making up whatever they choose.

The second is Spanish paper Marca, who in short are a pro-Real Madrid sports tabloid in Madrid who have previously linked Real to virtually player you can name in the last 20 years. As a result they did correctly call the signings of Kaka, Modric and Ronaldo, but what they say needs to be taken jovially. British journalists are fully aware of this and they do know better, but they chose not to act better. Instead focusing on how fun it is to shoot fish in a barrel.

Dirty Tricks
There have also been rumours of tapping up and dirty tricks from Real Madrid, the same kind that allowed them to take Modric away from Tottenham. Whilst this is something we can fully accept might be going on behind the scenes, and something that might unsettle the player, Bale has remained publicly committed to Tottenham.

Truth-o-meter
All of the recent hype is based on nothing more than pro-Real tabloid Marca, who of course only have "a club insider" as their cornerstone. Whilst their close links to Real do occasionally mean they know something the rest of us don't, more often than not their stories are just that. Little old fairytales designed to trap eyeballs.

We are going to nudge our truth rating on this one up by the smallest of margins to 20%, only on the basis that Real Madrid's track record for dirty tricks and tapping up could be at play here and has proven to be effective in the past.

Likeliness of Signing: 20%
Fit at Club: 90%


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