'Pogba worth twice as much as Bale,' says agent

The agent of the 20-year-old France and Juventus midfielder, Mino Raiola, believes that if Gareth Bale is worth €100 million, his player is worth double

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is worth twice as much as Real Madrid-bound winger Gareth Bale, according to his agent.

The 20-year-old Frenchman is one of the most highly rated young players in Europe, and his representative Mino Raiola says Pogba is worth comfortably more than the 24-year-old Welshman.

“How good is Paul? He’s worth more than Gareth Bale, that’s for sure,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“If Bale is worth €100 million, Pogba is worth at least double that.

“It’s not my fault that [Madrid president] Florentino Perez has fixed the price of Bale at €100m. Pogba is, for me, a Salvador Dali because he is precious and important.”

Pogba joined the Old Lady from Manchester United in 2012, and has established himself as a key player in Antonio Conte’s title-winning side.

Bale, meanwhile, looks set for a move to los Blancos, in a deal that will see him become the most expensive player in the history of the game, eclipsing Cristiano Ronaldo’s €94m move to the Bernabeu in 2009.

Villas-Boas: Bale could complete Real Madrid move 'very soon'

The Spurs boss has indicated the Welsh star may be confirmed as a signing at the Bernabeu in the next two days, but would not be surprised if there continues to be delays

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that Gareth Bale is close to sealing a world record move to Real Madrid.

Bale, 24, has been linked with a switch to Madrid throughout the transfer window after a spectacular season in the Premier League, which saw the winger net 26 goals in all competitions.

And the Wales international now finally appears set to secure his long-awaited switch to the Bernabeu, after Villas-Boas confirmed that the two clubs are in advanced talks over a transfer that will break the world record.

“At the moment the two clubs are speaking,” Villas-Boas told reporters. I’m not sure how much time it is going to take. It can can happen very soon, it might not happen so soon.

“I suppose it could go to the last day or it could happen in next two days. But you wouldn’t expect the biggest transfer in world football to happen easily.”

The transfer fee is anticipated to smash the existing world record, set by Real Madrid in 2009 when they paid Manchester United €92million for the services of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bale’s form in 2012-13 saw him complete a clean sweep of the PFA awards, with the Welshman winning the Players’ Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year.

Bale joined Tottenham in 2007 from Southampton for a reported fee of £7million.

Chelsea complete Willian signing

Chelsea have announced the signing of Anzhi forward Willian, who has completed his move to Stamford Bridge having been granted a work permit.

The Brazilian, who had been expected to join Tottenham, has signed a five-year contract at Jose Mourinho’s side.

A product of the Corinthians youth system, the 25-year-old moved to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in August 2007 before moving to Russia in January following some eye-catching performances in the Champions League.

“I’m very happy to be here, it’s been a dream of mine to come and play here,” he told the Blues’ official website upon completing his transfer to the Stamford Bridge outfit.

“Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world, and now I’m going to play for one of the best managers in the world, so I’m very happy and looking forward to it.”

Bale included in Wales squad for World Cup qualifiers

The Real Madrid target, who is yet to see any action this season for Tottenham, has been named by Chris Coleman in the national set-up for games against Macedonia and Serbia

Gareth Bale has been included in the Wales squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Serbia, despite Tottenham’s insistence that the winger is currently injured.

Bale is yet to play for Spurs this season as he waits to complete a world record €100 million move to Real Madrid.

The winger has not turned up to training this week as it is believed he wants a move to the Bernabeu to happen as quickly as possible.

The Welsh squad is a strong one that includes 11 players who play in the Premier League.

The full list is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey, Glyn Myhill, Owain Fon s.

Defenders: Ben Davies, Neal Eardley, Danny Gabbidon, Chris Gunter, Adam Matthews, Sam Ricketts, Neil Taylor, Ashley s.

Midfielders: Joe Allen, Jack Collison, Andrew Crofts, Andy King, Joe Ledley, Aaron Ramsey, Jonathan s, Gareth Bale.

Attackers: Craig Bellamy, Simon Church, Hal Robson-Kanu, Sam Vokes.

Transfer Talk: Bale finally heads to Spain, but is Eto'o bound for Inter or Chelsea?

Nat Coombs, Peter Staunton and former Chelsea captain Dennis Wise discuss the major talking points from the summer market

One of the longest running saga’s of the transfer window is coming to a close, as Real Madrid look finally set to get their man, Gareth Bale.

The Tottenham forward is set to complete his ‘dream’ move to Spain after the clubs agreed a world-record £86 million fee earlier this week.

Meanwhile in England, Chelsea’s pursuit of Wayne Rooney was spiced up a little further after their 0-0 draw away to Manchester United, with Jose Mourinho asking the striker to publically confirm his intentions – either to stay at Old Trafford, or move to London.

To discuss these stories and much more, Nat Coombs is joined by international football writer Peter Staunton, and former Chelsea captain, Dennis Wise.

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