Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is reportedly being tipped to complete a summer return to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.
According to a report by The Sun, Gareth Bale looks to be nearing the end of his glittering stint at Real Madrid. The Spanish heavyweights are intent on offloading the Welshman in the summer transfer window and have offered him to Tottenham Hotspur on a £10 million loan.
Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid with a burgeoning reputation of being one of the most exciting young wingers in the world. While he has developed considerably and has had a role to play in each trophy winning campaign at the Bernabeu, the 29-year-old has been beset with a number of injuries.
These injuries have curtailed his involvement to a great extent every season, so much so that he has become a liability for the side. The current campaign has been, by far, the worst for him at Real Madrid, with a return of 14 goals and 6 assists in 42 appearances.
Los Blancos are now keen to get his £600,000-a-week wages off their books, with Zinedine Zidane making a statement by leaving Bale out of his last two matchday squads, despite being fit. Real Madrid have thus, proposed a loan deal to Premier League giants Tottenham.
The terms of this deal would see Spurs shelling out a £10 million loan fee while only paying half of his wages, with Real Madrid prepared to pay the other half. And, as per the report, Tottenham are weighing up the possibility of bringing him back to the club on a temporary deal, and will not entertain offers of a permanent transfer.
A loan deal would make sense for Tottenham for a couple of reasons. Spurs would not have to delve into their transfer budget, which is known to have been affected by their stadium costs. Additionally, a temporary move would only make Bale a limited liability, in the worst case scenario.
Conversely, if Bale is able to rediscover his best form, he could potentially elevate Tottenham to the next level, which only bodes well for the North Londoners. Meanwhile, Lyon are also keen on swooping the Welsh international away from Real Madrid, but will be restricted by their financial limitations.
A move back to the Premier League, something which he has been averse to as per previous reports, could likely happen for Bale this summer, who is only plunging to further depths at Real Madrid. Making his way out of the Bernabeu might just be what the doctor ordered for him.