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Bale and Reguilón to Spurs as good as done.
A lot has happened during the last 24 hours. From being a plausible outcome, it now seems certain both Bale and Reguilón will be moving to Spurs. The Reguilón-deal is (according to multiple reports) a 100% done deal, while the Bale-deal only has some details that needs to be ironed out. Spurs will allegedly pay 30 million euros for Reguilón, while Real Madrid has included a buy back-clause for the next two years, and apparently also have included first refusal to the agreement. The details regarding the Bale-deal are still conflicting. Some reports are saying that Spurs will pay all of his wages, while other reports are saying they will pay 50% of the wages. We will most likely hear more details in the coming 24 hours.
Mariano underwent surgery for tonsillitis.
Some of you have perhaps wondered (I know I did) where Mariano has been during the last few days, and why he has not been seen in pictures taken during training. The club issued an explanation to his absence yesterday, when they published a medical report explaining that he underwent surgery for tonsillitis. He has already started his recovery process. Get well soon Mariano!
ICYMI: La Fabrica and how Real are making a profit with academy-talent.
Matt Wiltse wrote a superb piece on Real selling academy-players, and the money the club is making with the deals. You can read more here