Tottenham fans look to be in for a really interesting few weeks as we enter the final 24 days of the transfer window.
The rumour mill continues to churn out players and links to the Lilywhites, but none are as spectacular as the recent Marca claim that Gareth Bale could return to Tottenham.
#thfc have made a bid worth between €50-€60M to re-sign Gareth Bale. The club are only willing to pay him half his current salary however. Real Madrid are now considering the proposal. [Marca]
— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) July 16, 2019
Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy have already splashed out over £50m on Tanguy Ndombele (BBC), and with a report that they could be set to double their summer spending by bringing back Bale, a man who bagged 56 goals in 203 games for them in his first spell, the fans have obviously been talking.
Whether there are legs in this potential transfer or not, the Lilywhites just aren’t buying it. The Welshman has been with Los Blancos for six years now and whilst Marca have claimed that he’s not in Zinedine Zidane’s plans and is open to a Premier League return, his wages are a massive sticking point.
The story claims that Bale is on a reported 17m euros a year and that if he were to sign for Tottenham then the North London club will only be able to afford around half of that figure.
Then there’s the fact that Bale is now 30-years-old and has missed a number of games through injury across his Real Madrid career, raising question marks over whether or not he’s worth the touted fee.
You can read the Lilywhites’ verdict on the Bale rumours here:
Am I the only one not believing any of this?
— Dan (@Daniely79) 16 July 2019
— Tony Corbey (@TonyCorbey) 16 July 2019
Stop making us dream
— Gary (@Gary_Fussbal) 16 July 2019
Well this surely isn’t true, and even if it is, Bale won’t want to drop £200k-£300k p/w off his salary. Never gonna happen.
— I Swore I’d Never Use Tw¡tter (@swore_i) 16 July 2019
— Julian Spalter (@JulianSpalter) 16 July 2019
Nope! I think this one has a 0% chance of happening!
— Alan Warren (@AlanWarren77) 16 July 2019
No. Poch wouldn’t approve of this.
— HUGE JACKman (@Not_anIdiot) 16 July 2019
— Jason Gregory (@JaseGregory25) 16 July 2019
The Lilywhites have little faith in a deal for Bale coming through, but there would likely be few complaints if they could get it done at a reasonable price with the Welshman accepting a wage cut.