According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Tottenham Hotspur have told Real Madrid they're willing to pay up to €60million (£54million) for winger Gareth Bale – but can only pay half of his wages.
Bale, who turns 30 today, could be pushed out of Real after the signings of Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard, but finding a buyer may prove difficult.
The Welshman is earning around £350,000-a-week at Real (Guardian), and few clubs would pay a huge transfer fee and massive wages to sign an injury-prone attacker in his 30's.
However, Bale is a hero at Tottenham, and it's now claimed that Spurs have told Real they're willing to pay up to £54million to get Bale back to North London, but can only pay half of his wages – meaning Real would be left with a decision to make, about whether to pay up some of the wages just to get him out before the Premier League's deadline.
First off, let's make it clear that we very much doubt there is any real chance of Bale heading to Spurs. Marca is a Madrid-based newspaper, most likely putting Bale's name out there in a desperate attempt to drum up some interest before the transfer deadline next month.
Putting Tottenham's name in the mix is natural given Bale's ties to the club, but after spending big money on Tanguy Ndombele, Spurs need to really offload a couple of players before bringing in anybody else.
That certainly doesn't fit with paying over £50million and £175,000-a-week in wages, especially to a player now in his 30's and coming with some major baggage in terms of his various muscle injuries.
Tottenham are a young, vibrant team, and adding Bale at these figures still doesn't make sense. It's unclear just where Bale will end up, but even with Marca claiming Tottenham's interest, we find it unlikely that Bale will be returning to Spurs six years since his exit.
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