Report: Tottenham on the hunt after £85m price tag placed on Pochettino target
By Russell Edge
Tottenham have been made aware that Real Madrid are willing to sell former Spurs star Gareth Bale for £85million with Mauricio Pochettino a keen admirer, according to a report.
The Mirror claim on their website that the La Liga side are ready to offload the Welsh winger after four-and-a-half-years at the Santiago Bernabeu, with a trio of Premier League sides all on red alert as they look to secure his signing.
The 28-year-old, who left north London in the summer of 2013 for a then-world record fee of £85.1million, is reportedly eyed up by Manchester United, who have held long term interest, Chelsea and Tottenham, with Real said to be looking to recoup the fee that they originally paid.
He has 159 appearances for Los Blancos, where he is contracted until 2022, to his name, during which time he has won three Champions League titles, a La Liga trophy and the Copa Del Rey (Spanish Cup), having made 203 outings for Spurs prior to his move.
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The return of Gareth Bale would be a major coup for Tottenham and would signify their intent to establish themselves as one of the world’s biggest clubs. There were few hard feelings from the Spurs faithful when he left for Real and there is no doubt he would be welcomed back with open arms, which may play a crucial role in securing his signature. There is set to be serious competition from Manchester United, who have seen previous approaches rebuffed, while Chelsea could also play a part in his future. Still, Spurs are challenging for titles and Bale would have watched the way that Pochettino’s side dominated his current club in their Champions League meeting earlier this season. The supposed fee is high, especially considering his injury record, but he could very well be the missing piece of the puzzle for Spurs to collect some silverware.
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