By Richard Parks
Tottenham are firmly in the running to re-sign Gareth Bale in what would be a sensational summer deal, according to a report.
Spanish newspaper El Confidencial claim that Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has an exit plan for the player after he slipped down the Real Madrid pecking order.
It is said that Barnett is aware of the interest from the attacker’s former club Spurs and Manchester United after he was placed on the transfer market by the Spanish giants.
Bale’s future is up in the air following a series of injuries and he has cut a frustrated figure in recent months under manager Zinedine Zidane.
He has failed to make the starting XI for Real last three Champions League matches, including the 3-0 win over Juventus last Wednesday, but has started six of the club’s last seven La Liga fixtures.
Football Insider verdict:
Mauricio Pochettino is on the record as being a firm admirer of Bale, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to represent Tottenham. Would he be a great signing for Spurs? Without doubt. Would fans want him to return five years after quitting? Without doubt, it would send them into total meltdown. Is it likely to happen? Not really. Bale’s record at Real makes it clear that he is the real deal. With three Champions Leagues and the Spanish title under his belt, he has played his part with scoring 81 goals and supplying 59 assists in 181 matches. He would provide the final piece of the jigsaw in Pochettino’s young and vibrant team which has made Europe sit up and take notice with its stunning transformation. The main stumbling blocks are the price – Bale is likely to cost £70million-plus – and the wages needed to persuade the player to return to the club where he made his name. These will surely be insurmountable hurdles for Tottenham.
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