WELSH INTERNATIONAL Gareth Bale is the subject of Tottenham Hotspur’s shopping list as part of their plans this summer. The English club will attempt to re-sign Wales forward Bale from Real Madrid.
Similar reports have confirmed Spurs are closing in on a deal for Bale’s teammate, Sergio Reguilon. The latter left Spurs to join Real for £85M (R593 million), a then-world record fee in 2013. He has since scored more than 100 goals and won four Champions League titles.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett told BBC Sport Wales: “Gareth still loves Spurs. It’s where he wants to be.” Both Bale and left-back Reguilon have previously been linked with Manchester United, according to English reports.
But for Tottenham, a loan deal is what looks the likeliest for Bale, although a permanent transfer has not been ruled out with Los Blancos keen to recover costs as they look to offload their current highest earner. The Welshman is on a current Madrid contract which sees him bagging about £600 000 (R12.7 million) a week.
But Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is thought to be working through the detail of the deal, among other things. Indications are Real would be willing to pay a proportion of Bale’s salary but even then he would be getting more than England and Tottenham captain Harry Kane.
A move like this by the London outfit could be seen as just given Bale, a player they signed as a 17-year-old from Southampton and helped develop into one of the world’s best, was hugely successful in his first few seasons at Real. His star power was outlined as he scored in the 2014 and 2018 Champions League finals, as well as the 2014 Copa del Rey final, increasing his then-status as a world-class marksman.