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As the world football elite attempt to squeeze through last-minute transfers, find out exactly what goes on behind the scenes of a modern-day deal from those truly in the know.
At 11pm on Monday evening, the annual carousel of football transfer drama will finally creak to a halt. It will formally end what has been a record-breaking summer of saga, scandal, custom-built stages in Madrid and a pair of particularly revealing shorts – and that’s just Gareth Bale.
Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a staggering five-year deal with Real Madrid – worth almost twice as much as Gareth Bale will be earning in Spain.
Under the new agreement, which scuppers any immediate hope Manchester United have of persuading their former player to return, Ronaldo will earn a remarkable £15million a year after tax and before bonuses, or £288,000 a week, dwarfing Bale’s annual £8.3m.
Former FC Barcelona academy mentor Josep Gombau has been appointed as Head Coach by Adelaide United coach for the next two seasons.
The Spanish-born Gombau will begin with the Reds in July once his commitments with Hong Kong first division champions Kitchee SC are concluded with his current assistant Pau Marti who will be joining the coaching staff alongside current Reds assistant Michael Valkanis.