Even though Gareth Bale has not been seen in a Tottenham shirt for more than five years, there have been regular rumours linking the Welshman with a return to Spurs. As he attempts to engineer an exit away from Real Madrid this summer, it is not a surprise to see more rumours of a reunion. The latest rumours have hinted at the possibility of Bale returning to Spurs for around £60 million, but the talk has been dismissed straight away by Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett.
According to Sky Sports, Barnett said: “I never comment on rubbish.”
Bale made a €100 million switch to Real Madrid back in 2013, but his stint with the Spanish club has never been great. A return of 78 goals in 155 appearances for the Spanish outfit did not endear to Real Madrid faithful, who had seen much better statistics and entertainment from Cristiano Ronaldo. Even then, Madrid decided to offer a new contract recently and this runs out until 2022. Bale is one of the best-paid players in the world and he currently makes around £300,000 per week after taxes.
Spurs would have to stump up at least £20 million per season in wages to have the slightest of chances when it comes to signing Bale. Crucially, Spurs do not show a lot of interesting players with limited resale value. Bale is no longer the prodigy that Spurs picked up from Southampton as he is now in the wrong side of 30.
A return to Spurs may be ruled out due to several factors but the primary reason would be the age factor. Tottenham have a strict wage structure that limits the club from signing high-profile players with extravagant wage packets. Daniel Levy’s approach has worked to a great extent in the last five years, and it may not change in the wake of the huge investment in the stadium.
Bale has been linked with a return to the Premier League for quite a while. Manchester United are one of the few clubs who can afford his transfer fee and wages at this moment, but the Red Devils have not shown a great deal of interest since appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm.
The Welshman has been actively trying to get a new club, as he is aware about the possibility of a significant drop in time on the pitch. The return of Zinedine Zidane to the dugout effectively means more trouble for Bale, who has not been able to win the Frenchman over. The Spanish outfit have also been spending heavily in the market with several new additions who are likely to feature ahead of Bale, who has had a string of injury problems for the last of years.
In all of his six seasons with the Los Blancos, Bale has been able to make more than 30 league appearances in just one campaign – back in the 2014-15 season. Bale’s agent may laugh off the interest from Spurs, but Bale may have a tough summer coming up.