Tottenham are reportedly interested in re-signing Gareth Bale from Real Madrid but with such high wages is he really worth it?
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match against Borussia Dortmund.
The Mirror are one of several media outlets reporting that Real Madrid are ready to cash in on Gareth Bale after becoming frustrated with his injury problems.
Bale is currently sidelined with what is his 12th separate fitness problem since joining Los Blancos from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013, a history that has seen the forward miss 57 games for the club.
Gareth Bale walks onto the pitch prior to the La Liga match between Real Sociedad and Real Madrid.
As a result the 28 year old has been strongly linked with a return to the Premier League, with Manchester United the favourites but with Chelsea and former club Spurs also interested.
Yet while the first two are known to spend huge sums on new players, Tottenham have a carefully managed transfer policy and wage structure at the club. Currently captain Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane are the highest paid on around £100,000-a-week each, as reported by the Telegraph.
That cap can increase as the North Londoners' income does, but it is still some way short of the £350,000-a-week after tax contract that Bale signed at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in 2016 - a deal which the Guardian says runs until 2022.
Daniel Levy, chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, looks on during the Premier League match against Swansea City.
While the Wales international may accept a pay cut to move back to England, it is likely that Spurs would have to smash their wage structure in order to meet his demands, which could lead to disharmony in the squad.
Would it really be worth it? Especially as while Bale was the talisman of the team before joining Madrid, a lot has changed since then and Mauricio Pochettino's men have moved on from a time when the Welshman was their only main for success.