The Gareth Bale-out plan: It's now Spurs v Manchester United for Real flop's signature
Tottenham Hotspur have indicated interest for Bale’s return to their ranks, and the Welshman appears to have put the club he left in 2013 ahead of Manchester United in the queue for his signature.
Bale moved to Real Madrid for a then record transfer fee of £85 million (S$149.3m). He has scored more than 100 goals and won four European Champions League titles with the Spanish giants.
However, a string of injuries, poor form and a failure to get along with manager Zinedine Zidane have left him in the cold: He started in only one match since the resumption of the La Liga season, which Real won.
Bale’s asking price is reportedly £22 million, though a loan seems a more likely option, with Real reportedly ready to pay half of the 31-year-old Wales international’s £600,000 weekly wages to let him return to the Premier League.
Reports have indicated that the Real outcast has his heart set on returning to North London.
“Gareth still loves Spurs,” Bales’ agent told the BBC. “It's where he wants to be.” Of course the agent would say that. Until United offers his player better terms.
Meanwhile, Bale is also said to be an admirer of Spurs’ boss Jose Mourinho, claiming in a report that the Portuguese’s partnership with his former team would pave the way to success, even though nothing of that sort came to pass last season.
Another stumbling block in the way of a Bale move to United is their continued interest in Sancho.
Bale is not the only player that Spurs have cut United’s place in the queue for. United had been interested in Spanish international Sergio Reguilon. But the 23-year-old left-back’s move to Old Trafford had been hampered by Real’s demand of a buyback clause in the contract.
This has allowed Spurs to step in, and Mourinho now appears set to do a “double” in the transfer market on the club he used to manage.