Gareth Bale: Tottenham have ‘already sorted’ most difficult part of transfer deal

Gareth Bale’s move to Tottenham is gathering speed, it has been claimed. The Wales international is on Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy’s transfer radars as they look to improve the side, who finished sixth in the Premier League table last term. And though Manchester United have been linked, a move to Old Trafford appears unlikely.

Bale left Tottenham to join Real Madrid seven years ago, snubbing a move to Manchester United in the process.

And though he’s been a big hit at the Bernabeu throughout his time in Spain, a stunning switch back to the Premier League is now on the cards.

United have been eyeing Bale as an alternative to Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, who continues to evade them.

But it’s now Tottenham who are winning the race for the 31-year-old, with the north London giants determined to make the Real outcast their marquee signing of the transfer window.

And Sky Sports’ Paul Gilmour has claimed the most difficult aspect of the deal is Bales’ 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.

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“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.

“The Bale to Tottenham story has come up in most windows over the past three years but the issues has always been about them not being able to afford his wages.

“If Tottenham are in a position where they only have to pay between £200,000 to £300,000-a-week, there is a feeling that this deal is one within their grasp.”

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Bale has had his issues with Zinedine Zidane throughout their time at the club together.

And he spent most of last season absent, either through injury or merely because the Frenchman selected somebody else instead.

That’s had a detrimental impact on Bale, whose stock across the footballing world has fallen as a result.

And Tottenham hero Jurgen Klinsmann recently stated the 31-year-old needed regular football, saying: “Time goes by so fast as a player and you cannot waste it. This is the worst punishment for a player to be on the bench.

“The most important thing for every player is to be on the field and to play. When this doesn’t work out, sooner or later you have to come to a conclusion and consider a move.

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“There is a point in time when you become a professional player when you would like to earn a decent amount of money that you can put on the side to feel a bit more safe, but once that goal is achieved there is only one other thing that matters – playing and scoring goals and building your playing record.

“You want to leave the game one day in your 30s and say ‘OK, look at my career there, I managed to score in X amount of teams and X amount of goals in different competitions’.

“Money doesn’t matter anymore.

“Money has no influence on that decision right now that Gareth has to make, but there are personal elements to it. There is family and lifestyle things to consider.

“A player like him, we would like to admire him week in, week out on the television. As a Tottenham fan, I would love him to come back to Spurs.”

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