Gareth Bale to Tottenham: Jose Mourinho talks, Real Madrid aspect ‘sorted’, Man Utd stance
Gareth Bale could leave Real Madrid for Tottenham before the transfer deadline. Daniel Levy is working hard on a deal that would see the Wales international return to north London seven years after his move away. So Express Sport will now take a look at all the latest news and gossip surrounding a potential deal.
Jose Mourinho talks
Bale has already talked with Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, the player’s agent Jonathan Barnett has claimed.
“There’s a long way to go on some issues, but without doubt Gareth is closer to leaving Madrid than at any time in the last seven years,” he told Sky Sports.
“The deal is complicated, but there’s reason to believe a deal is close.
“Things could move very quickly if discussions continue to go well.
“Gareth has spoken to Jose and explained how Spurs have a special place in his heart.”
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Real Madrid aspect sorted
Sky Sports’ Paul Gilmour has suggested (have claims in the next par) the most difficult aspect of the deal is Bale’s wages, with the player on wages close to £500,000-a-week in Spain.
But he’s claimed that’s sorted, saying: “There is a feeling that the most difficult aspect of the deal has already been sorted out which is the wages. Real Madrid are willing to subsidise part of that to make this deal happen.
“What we know as of Wednesday morning, Tottenham and Real Madrid remain in talks over the sensational return to north London and those talks centre around a loan deal.
“What we don’t know if there’s the possible option to buy.
“Bale has two years left on his contract, and that loan might just see out those two years.
“There certainly is a feeling among those close to the deal that this is more likely to happen than not as things stand. There’s a real optimism.”
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Man Utd stance
Bale has been linked with a move to Manchester United many times over the years.
Sir Alex Ferguson tried to bring him to Old Trafford when the Welshman was cutting his teeth at Southampton.
David Moyes also chanced his arm at landing Bale in 2013, only to miss out to Real Madrid.
And Mourinho tried repeatedly throughout his time at United to get the 31-year-old to sign on the dotted line.
The Manchester Evening News say, though, that United have no intention of rivalling Tottenham for the forward this time around.
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Bale may have to adapt
A source has told The Athletic that Bale may have to reinvent himself if he’s to shine at Tottenham after a potential return.
“He is not gonna be the Gareth Bale that went past Maicon but he’ll always score goals, he’ll always be a threat,” one insider is quoted as saying.
“He might have to develop or change position.
“Maybe he goes to No 10, or maybe he is not a flying winger, more of a passing winger. He can go past someone but he has also got it in his locker to open up a defence with a pass.”
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