Despite falling down the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu and his injury problems, Tottenham have reportedly made a £30m offer to bring back Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale back to the Premier League.
Since the return of Zinedine Zidane to the club in March last year, the Welshman has been brought back into the first-team squad this season and made 12 La Liga appearances, scoring twice. Bale almost joined a Chinese club but Madrid decided they wanted a fee for the Welshman instead of letting him leave for free as initially planned.
He scored Madrid’s first goal in the 3-1 third-round victory against Unionistas in the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday, before picking up an injury which the club said will be accessed on Thursday.
According to Spanish outlet El Chiringuito TV, Bale, who joined the La Liga side from Spurs in 2013 for £85million and has a contract until 2022, being linked with a move away to the Premier League with Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho ready to resign the 30-year-old.
The report added that the club will not spend more than £30m to bring Bale back to north London despite Mourinho’s willingness to bring the former player back to the Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs are in desperate need of a centre-forward and their focus is primarily on solving that issue. Harry Kane is out until April with a hamstring injury, and signing Bale would be trying to put a square peg in a round hole.
However, speaking to Sky Sports, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett said that a permanent move away from Madrid will be suitable for his client, noting that any potential love move will not be agreed. He added that his client would likely see out his Madrid contract.
‘He is one of the best players on Earth, why would one of the best players on Earth go somewhere on loan? That is ridiculous.
‘At the moment he will be playing football this evening for Real Madrid and he has another two-and-a-half years of his contract and he is fine.
‘Loans are ridiculous and not many clubs can actually afford him anyway. He is happy, he will play at Real Madrid and hopefully, he will win another couple of things with them.’
When asked about the link to Spurs, Barnett humorously replied: ‘I’m an Arsenal supporter.’