Superstar to reportedly move to PL this summer, Tottenham have major advantage in two-club race
By Richard Parks
Real Madrid have told Gareth Bale they will sell him this summer and he is heading back to the Premier League with Tottenham with one of two potential destinations, according to a report.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim that the Real superstar could be set for what would be a sensational second spell at White Hart Lane.
It is said that Tottenham and Manchester United are the two clubs firmly in the race to land Bale, who cost a then-world record £86million when he quit Spurs in 2013.
Mundo Deportivo report that the Wales international is already assessing his transfer options after being told that he will be offloaded during the summer window.
Tottenham have a major advantage as leaked transfer documents have showed they have the first option on signing Bale when he leaves Madrid.
The website Football Leaks has published what appears to be an authentic transfer agreement between Spurs and Real of the Welshman’s record-breaking move to Spain in 2013.
In an intriguing twist to Bale’s future plans, it reveals Spurs chief Daniel Levy negotiated a first-option Premier League clause in the deal that took the forward to the Bernabeu, which allows the Londoners to re-sign Bale if they can match any offer made by a Premier League rival.
Paragraph 10 of the transfer agreement with Real Madrid states that up until June 2019, the Londoners have “an option to match any offer received from a Premier League club for the registration of the player”.
The Spanish giants must notify Tottenham of any offer from a top-flight English club and then give them three days to match the terms contained in the offer to Real.
If Spurs are able to do so, “Real Madrid shall be required to accept Tottenham’s offer in preference to any other offers received and transfer the player as soon as possible in the first available FA registration period to Tottenham”.
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. Sure, he has suffered injury problems in the last two seasons, but his record at Real makes it clear that he is the real deal. At the Bernabeu, the Welshman has won the Champions League three times and the Spanish title, scoring 76 goals and supplying 57 assists in 171 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 price would have to be right, and it would surely cost a £70million-plus fee for a bona fide superstar, even one who has suffered with a lot of injuries in recent times. Bale’s next move is almost certain to be back to the Premier League and he will be not short of offers. Spurs cannot match the financial resources of the Manchester clubs and Chelsea, but they can provide a grand stage, romance and a team on the up. Don’t rule it out, but it is unlikely.
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