Maguire verdict on Bale signing permanently for 'desperate' Tottenham amid £150m reveal

Finances are stretched but it is down to Gareth Bale whether he is playing for Tottenham next season. 

That is according to spreadsheet guru and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after the on-loan man’s two strikes in Spurs’ 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday made it ten goal contributions in his last six outings.

Bale’s Real Madrid contract is worth £600,000-a-week (Guardian) and runs until June 2022, with Tottenham reported to be paying around 40 per cent of that figure.

His mammoth wages are significant considering the club are set to lose £150million in matchday income this season, as revealed by Football Insider in February.

Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports on Thursday: “He is not a Tottenham player so Real Madrid have everything in their hands.”

Maguire predicts that it would be challenging for Spurs to put together the funds for a deal but that the 31-year-old’s future is ultimately in his own hands.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “His contract runs until 2022. It would be challenging for Spurs to bring him in permanently, especially off the back of a Covid year which has cost them £150m in lost revenue.

“It depends on how flexible Gareth Bale and his representatives are prepared to be. There’s a case to be said that he could do an Ozil and sit out the last year of his contract at Real Madrid and pick up the £30m that would bring.

“How much does he want to play football? How much are Real Madrid willing to pay him to leave if he isn’t going to get the same salary elsewhere? Also, how desperate are Spurs to have him?”

Bale has only recent found his feet at Spurs, with Jose Mourinho initially confining him to substitute appearances and cup competitions.

Spurs fans will be hoping the Welshman’s newfound form can make up the two-point shortfall on Chelsea in 4th place.

In other news, a top pundit says Tottenham and Jose Mourinho are under big pressure to sign a new right-back this summer.