Gareth Bale (31) may be on his way from Real Madrid back to Tottenham. His agent confirms to the BBC that they have contact with the London club. But according to the Independent, Manchester United is also in the picture.
The Welshman has become an increasingly peripheral figure at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid. At the same time, he has an astronomical salary that puts a heavy strain on the Real budget.
– Gareth still loves Spurs, says his agent Jonathan Barnett
– We talk together. That is where he wants to be, the agent continues – and by “we” he means Tottenham, Real Madrid and Bale’s people.
When Bale left Tottenham for Real Madrid in 2013, he cost as much as 990 million kroner (if we include today’s exchange rate). It was then a world record.
According to the BBC, a loan is most likely, but a permanent transfer can not be ruled out.
writes that Bale is now willing to go down on the wage demand. The newspaper claims that it is at 250,000 pounds a week, which is equivalent to 2.9 million kroner – and a quick mental calculation means that we are talking about just under 150 million kroner a year.
In Real Madrid, according to British media, he will earn more than twice as much, close to seven million kroner a week.
Real Madrid are demanding 20 million pounds (230 million kroner) for a transfer, according to the Independent. The competitor Telegraph writes that there is also a possibility that Dele Alli will be part of an agreement – where Bale moves to London and Alli to Madrid.
Manchester United have also been linked with Bale, and the Independent and Telegraph both write that both Tottenham and United are relevant. But Ole Gunnar Solskjær & co. is primarily concerned with landing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
Gareth Bale had success in his first seasons at Real Madrid, and he scored in the Champions League finals in both 2014 and 2018 – but eventually he has ended up out in the cold. He has long been plagued by injuries, and has had a cool relationship with manager Zinédine Zidane.
The 31-year-old only started a La Liga match for Real Madrid last season.