Tottenham Hotspur are in talks with Real Madrid about the potentially sensational return of Gareth Bale to the North London club.
The Wales international winger has fallen firmly out of favour under Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu, the four-time Champions League winner being restricted to just two appearances for Los Blancos after La Liga’s restart in June.
Not only is the 31-year-old not in favour with his manager, but he isn’t exactly loved by the Real Madrid fans either, his decision to pose with the ‘Wales, Golf, Real Madrid – In that order’ flag one of a number of incidents that have done him few favours among the Madridistas.
Bale almost left the Bernabeu last summer, only for Real Madrid to change the terms of his proposed move to the Chinese Super League at the last minute to see him remain in the Spanish capital.
In recent days – and in what seems like an annual occurrence – Bale has seen his name once again linked with a move to Manchester United, the Old Trafford outfit letting it be known they are looking at alternatives following their long-drawn-out, and so far fruitless pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
However, Bale’s agent has confirmed that Spurs are in talks with Real Madrid about bringing the part-time golfer back to north London, the Cardiff born forward having established himself as one of the worlds leading talents during his six-year stay at White Hart Lane.
“Gareth still loves Spurs,” his agent Jonathan Barnett told BBC Sport Wales.
“We are talking [Spurs, Real and Bale’s camp]. It’s where he wants to be.”
The Guardian say that Daniel Levy has made contact with his counterparts in Madrid about signing Bale on loan, and while Real Madrid are believed to be open to making a ‘contribution’ towards Bale’s wages, Spurs would require the Spanish champions to contribute a ‘high percentage’ of his sizeable salary – a situation which could still prove to be a deal-breaker.
Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to pep up his attacking options over recent weeks, and has been a firm admirer of Bale for a number of years, the Portuguese trying to lure him to Old Trafford during his time at Manchester United.