Gareth Bale to Tottenham Hotspur is a transfer rumour that always gets spoken about during summer transfer windows.
But on this occasion, it might actually happen.
Bale has no future at Real Madrid and the Wales international – an £85 million signing from Tottenham seven years ago – was left out of the squad for a friendly with Getafe on Tuesday.
BBC Sport has confirmed that Spurs were in talks over bringing him back to North London.
And Jim White has revealed on his talkSPORT show [broadcast 9am, 16/09] that he’s been told the transfer is definitely going to happen.
The Scot revealed live on air that he has been in touch with somebody close to the player, who said that the 31-year-old is ‘very keen’ on the idea of going back.
He said on talkSPORT: “A few moments ago a close associate of Bale’s told me the player is ‘very keen’ on this going through. I then pushed Bale’s close associate even further and I said to him straight: ‘Look, will Bale to Tottenham happen?’ And the answer I’ve just received is: ‘Of course it will’.”
At this stage, it certainly looks like Bale to Tottenham is indeed happening, but it remains to be seen what kind of finances we’re talking.
There’s a bit of confusion over whether it’ll be a permanent or loan deal but, either way, the Lilywhites are going to have to make him their highest-paid player – even if Real subsidise 50 percent of his £600,000-a-week wages, which has been reported.