'He's undoubtedly a great player' - Danny Mills: Spurs can sign ace wanted by Levy for '£15-20m'
Danny Mills has claimed Tottenham can seal a major coup by re-signing Gareth Bale for next season by shelling out a “£15-20million loan fee”.
As revealed by Football Insider earlier this month, chairman Daniel Levy is willing to explore the possibility of Spurs re-signing Gareth Bale this summer but only if Real Madrid are willing to explore a cut-price deal.
The Spanish giants’ manager Zinedine Zidane has made it publicly clear that Bale is up for sale and he has been strongly linked with a return to the Premier League six years after leaving White Hart Lane for £86million.
A major stumbling block for suitors is Bale’s £350,000-a-week wages on a Real contract that has three years to run, and Mills believes this mean the costs of the deal will rule out must clubs.
“He’s undoubtedly a great player and any club would take him on loan in the Premier League,” the ex-England defender told Football Insider. “Without a shadow of a doubt, he’d be a top signing for Spurs.
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“But you have to make the numbers work. Signing him permanently would cost a package of around £150million for the transfer fee and wages over a four-year deal and then you would have a player in his mid-30s and you wouldn’t get any money for him.
“Unless Real Madrid are prepared to take a hit on the transfer fee, the best option is a season-long loan. No way is it a £5million loan fee. It would be a £15-20million loan fee plus wages on top. Would it be a big gamble, given his injury history? Yes, it probably would.”
Tottenham supporters regularly call for their club to make a move to prise Bale from Real, where he has emerged as a scapegoat for what has been a wretched campaign for the Spanish giants.
His record at the Spanish club, where he has won the Champions League four times and scored twice in last season’s final, is impressive, with 102 goals from 231 appearances.