Real Madrid are reportedly ready to allow Gareth Bale to leave the club amid talks of a potential return to Tottenham Hotspur.
As per a report from The Telegraph, Real Madrid are prepared to let Welsh wing wizard Gareth Bale leave as talks of a possible return to former club Tottenham Hotspur continue to make the rounds.
Bale, who made his name at Tottenham, joined Real Madrid in 2013 and has won the lot during his time at the Spanish capital club. However, the 30-year-old’s future has been a subject of intense speculation ever since Zinedine Zidane returned as the Real Madrid boss in March last year.
Bale came very close to leaving in the summer transfer window, as he was set to Chinese Super League club Jiansu Suning. The move would have seen him earn wages around £1 million per week, but Real Madrid pulled the plug on the deal at the last moment, as they were not satisfied with the transfer fee being offered.
Bale was naturally left frustrated by the transfer collapsing, but began the season in decent form under Zidane. However, an injury in October saw him miss out on a month’s action, following which he has struggled get regular playing time and another injury this week has seen him be sidelined for the month.
With Bale not part of Zidane’s plans at Real Madrid, the Merengues are open to offloading the Welsh speedster in the ongoing month. This seems to have piqued the interest of Bale’s former club Tottenham Hotspur, who are on the lookout for attacking reinforcements this month.
Jose Mourinho’s side have been left short-handed in the attacking department following an injury to star striker Harry Kane, due to which he has been ruled out of action for the foreseeable future. A move for PSG wantaway star Edinson Cavani had been mooted, while AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatak had also been linked.
However, a chance to bring back Bale seems to have interested Tottenham, with Real Madrid ready to let the Welshman go. But, pushing through a transfer will be complicated given that Los Blancos will want a large transfer fee for the 30-year-old, who still has two and a half years left on his contract with the club.
A loan move back to the Premier League has been ruled out by Bale’s representative, which puts Tottenham in a difficult position as they were more interested in pursuing a temporary deal than pushing for a permanent transfer at the moment. Moreover, the 30-year-old’s massive £600,000-a-week wages would also be a stumbling block.
As things stand, Bale is clearly out of favour at Real Madrid and it remains to be seen if he stays at the club beyond this month. However, a return to Tottenham at this point of time looks a tad unlikely, with the Lilywhites likely to pursue a cheaper alternative such as Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose.