Despite a season full of uncertainty, the transfer window has not failed to deliver, with multiple big money transfers having already been completed. However, although perhaps not the biggest transfer financially, the major signing of the window could be completed in a matter of days. Gareth Bale is in talks over a sensational Premier League return.
With doubts growing over a move to take Jadon Sancho to Manchester United, it is thought that Bale is being considered as an experienced option by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Yet, despite the attraction of Champions League football, it is Tottenham Hotspur who are in pole position to obtain Bale’s signature once again.
The 31-year-old left North London for Real Madrid back in 2013, for a then world-record fee of £85 million, after a glittering career in the Premier League that started in the Southampton youth academy. The Welsh international then plied his trade as a left-back and impressed critics and fans alike due to his attacking mentality and hunger for goals. This led to a £10 million switch to Spurs in 2007.
Tottenham slowly transitioned Bale into an out-and-out forward and in the 2012/13 season he recorded 26 goals and a further 15 assists in all competitions, convincing the Spanish giants to splash the cash on the Welshman.
Recently, the media coupled with current Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane’s public comments have distorted the image of Gareth Bale as a footballer. The forward hasn’t helped his situation either though, having been pictured holding a flag whilst on international duty with Wales holding a flag saying: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order”. As well as that, at the end of last season Bale was again pictured apparently sleeping on the Madrid bench, losing the respect of a lot of the club’s fans. Despite the recent turbulence in the career of Gareth Bale, what he has achieved for Real Madrid should not be brushed under the carpet.
In 251 appearances, the 31-year-old has scored 105 goals and provided 68 assists, whilst also winning four Champions Leagues, 4 Club World Cups, 3 UEFA Supercups, 2 La Ligas and 2 Spanish Cups with Madrid. He is a born winner. The last trophy that Tottenham Hotspur have won was the Carabao Cup back in 2008… a Spurs squad that Bale was part of at that time.
It is no surprise that José Mourinho is looking to bring in attacking players in this window with his side most recently being linked with a bargain £5.5 million move for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Bas Dost, to provide competition to current striker Harry Kane. This is because last season Spurs were put in a position where they had no experienced strikers with both Kane and Heung Min Son being rued out with long-term injuries.
The re-signing of Bale would also be beneficial in that respect as he is versatile enough that he can play anywhere across the front three. Spurs manager Mourinho also recently said in a press conference that he is a huge admirer of Gareth Bale and that he tried to sign him when he was manager of both Real Madrid and Manchester United.
The deal to take Gareth Bale back to Spurs would be an initial season-long loan deal in which Spurs will only pay a portion of the player’s wages with Madrid covering the rest. From a financial standpoint, the deal makes complete sense as he will cost Spurs around £20 million for the entire season, significantly less than if it was a permanent transfer. Real Madrid do not want the Welshman at the club and Bale is eager to leave himself, so the deal is a win-win for all parties.
Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett was quoted by the BBC as saying that a deal to take his client to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was “close” and it was “where he wants to be”. On paper, a front three of Bale, Son and Kane would be one of the best forward lines in the world, providing they all stay fit.
As well as Bale, Tottenham are also close to securing the signature of left-back Sergio Reguilón from Real Madrid for a fee of £27.6 million, which includes a buy-back option for the Spanish side in the future should they want him. It seems as if José Mourinho is making a statement of intent following his side’s opening day defeat to Everton, in which he wants to take Spurs to they top, and the only way to do that is by having the best players.
No matter what, the return of Gareth Bale to the Premier League will prove for interesting competition in the title-race this season.
Written by – Oran Darragh – @darragh_oran
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