Tottenham Hotspur are set to be offered the chance to sign Gareth Bale on a permanent contract, with Real Madrid keen on the deal as they look to fund a move for Kylian Mbappe.
Bale made his long-awaited return to Spurs on a season-long loan deal this summer after a difficult few years in Spain, the winger having lost his place under Zinedine Zidane, largely due to his struggles to stay fit.
After an underwhelming first few months following his return to the Premier League, the 31-year-old looks to have finally found his rhythm and has netted four goals in his last four games in all competitions, including a brace against Burnley at the weekend.
That game against Sean Dyche’s side saw the likes of Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura and loanee Bale all dovetailing beautifully in attack, raising hopes that the former Southampton man can become a key player for the side heading into the final few months of the season.
While it remains unclear if he can do enough to secure a permanent return to north London, the Express are reporting that Spurs are set to be handed the opportunity to keep him beyond this season, with Madrid keen to move him on so they can bring in Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.
Although Bale seemingly has no future back in the Spanish capital, he still has a year left on his current contract, the La Liga side hoping that they can move him on for good and get his staggering £600,000-a-week wage off their books.
Freeing up some extra funds would allow Zinedine Zidane’s side to attempt to sign long-term target Mbappe, the World Cup winner having entered into the final 18 months of his existing deal, with no sign yet of any extension to stay in Paris.
The 22-year-old produced a devastating display against Barcelona in the Champions League a fortnight ago, illustrating his status as one of Europe’s best talents.
As for Bale and Spurs, although he has been much brighter of late, Jose Mourinho and co are likely to want to see if the winger can remain fit between now and the end of the season before making any decision over a possible permanent deal.