Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale's move from Tottenham to Real Madrid cost a lot more than the Spanish side let on, reports claim.

Gareth Bale's move from Tottenham to Real Madrid is set to cost the Spanish club a total of €265m, according to reports in Spain.

Bale made the move from White Hart Lane to Madrid in the final days of the summer transfer window with the deal being drawn out over months as the sides negotiated a price for his signature.

Daniel Levy was lauded at the time for his negotiating skills and as Bale struggled with injury during the opening months of this time at the Bernabeu,it appeared club president Florentino Perez had taken an emormous risk in breaking the world record transfer fee to land the Welshman.

And now, over four months after the transfer took place, El Mundo Deportivo are claiming that the fee paid for Bale's departure was far more than the initially thought €100m with an extra €165m going towards the player's wages with further payments going towards insurance. The Catalan paper has questioned how Madrid paid so much money for the transfer, particularly as Barcelona are currently being investigated for their own purchase of Neymar.

While Madrid have claimed that the amount paid for Bale was €91m, Tottenham say it was closer to €101m. But this doesn't include Bale's wages worth €14m per year and insurance over the former Spurs man of around €6m per year.

Should Bale suffer a prolonged injury during his time at Madrid the side stand to gain a payment of €91m.

With transfer fees currently a big issue in Spain after Sandro Rosell stood down as president at Barcelona over the furore surrounding Neymar's actual price it would appear that the local papers are taking aim at bitter rivals Madrid. Reports have called for an investigation of their own after Perez claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo was still more expensive than the money paid for Bale.

Meanwhile the Wales international has grown into his role in the Spanish capital, who has scored 10 times in 20 appearances for Madrid so far.