Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is on the transfer list this summer, and a reunion with Tottenham continues to sound appealing.
Bale was a superstar for Tottenham before becoming a record-breaking transfer and a Galactico for Los Blancos, winning Champions League title after Champions League title. But while Bale is a club legend for Real, his time with the club is nearing its end due to a lack of playing time and a frosty relationship with Zinedine Zidane.
Manchester United has been linked to Bale, but it’s unclear if a loan agreement between Real Madrid and United would have a chance to materialize.
Now, football.london’s Alasdair Gold and Rob Guest report that Tottenham are “having a go” at the Real Madrid right winger. But in order to acquire Gareth Bale on loan, Spurs would need financial cooperation from Los Blancos in order to facilitate a deal.
Real Madrid know they need to cover some of Gareth Bale’s wages
That’s no surprise. Bale makes around 15 million euros per year, which is a big reason why Real are so keen to sell him. But since nobody wants to pay money and pay for Bale’s wages, especially this summer of all summers, Real know they must settle on covering the costs.
It’s possible Real Madrid may have to pay around half of Bale’s salary in order to get a deal done, but the important thing is for Los Blancos to give Bale a chance to play elsewhere and to focus on their young talent without any distractions on 2020-2021.
The ship has sailed on Bale in Madrid at this point. Time will heal all, but, for now, Bale and Real’s relationship seems fractured to the point where a move needs to happen.
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United are worth keeping in mind, but Spurs could ultimately be the best spot for him. If Jose Mourinho sees a role for Bale in his squad and can get the most out of a man who was once a top-five player in world football, then this transfer could be a win-win.