Tottenham are in talks over a sensational swoop to bring Gareth Bale back to the club on loan.
According to the BBC, Bale could return to the club he left in 2013 having been frozen out at Real Madrid.
“Gareth still loves Spurs,” Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett said. “It’s where he wants to be.”
While the deal is by no means over the line, it looks plausible. Rumours have linked Bale with a return for years, but this time around the finances on the deal might just work.
If it does, we’ve picked out three Tottenham players who could be impacted.
The Telegraph report that Alli could move in the other direction in order to help Spurs finance the deal.
They say that Spurs would need to find £300,000-a-week for Bale, which could be offset by Madrid paying Alli’s £150,000-a-week wages for a loan spell in Spain.
That could be what the Englishman needs to rediscover his spark. How could Gareth Southgate ignore him for Euro 2021 if he’d just had a season tearing up La Liga?
It is also an indication of Alli’s status that he could even be considered a makeweight, however.
And if Bale does come in without the need for Alli to leave, the Welshman could fill the former MK Dons midfielder’s number ten role anyway.
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Lamela was Tottenham’s great hope to replace Bale back in 2013.
The Argentine hasn’t hit those heights and has perennially been on the fringes of the squad for a number of seasons now.
He could effectively end up being replaced by the man he was brought in to replace.
Bale’s arrival would certainly shunt Lamela down the pecking order and could push him closer to the exit door.
Moura looks to be Jose Mourinho’s chosen right midfielder and that is the position Bale would most likely have his eye on.
Bale in full flight, cutting in from the right and firing shots away is a more dangerous prospect than the Brazilian.
Of course, Spurs will play so many matches this season that Moura would still get games.
Bale’s injury record and age will mean he can’t play every week, so it wouldn’t be curtains for Lucas.
But Bale’s arrival would likely have negative consequences for Lucas in terms of starting the very biggest matches.