TOTTENHAM TO PERMANENTLY SIGN BALE?
It’s been no secret in World Football that Real Madrid wants to offload Gareth Bale. The Welshman is reportedly on somewhere between £346,000 and £600,000 a week and the club are desperate to reclaim those wages.
When the club sent Bale on loan to Spurs, the hope was that he’d impress and that the London side would sign him on a permanent deal. However, this is yet to happen and Tottenham are unsure about where they stand with Bale. Most of his appearances have been cameos off the bench as he’s been unable to nail down a starting spot.
Real Madrid understand they’re in a weak position to negotiate and are unlikely to demand much of a transfer fee if a permanent deal were to take place. Head coach Zinedine Zidane isn’t a fan of the Welshman and has no plans to include him in his squad.
Gareth Bale can play on either wing and has made appearances at striker over the past few years which adds versatility to a squad. Harry Kane is the undisputed starter at striker, however, Spurs’ options on the wing aren’t as solid.
Heung-min Son has been one of the team’s best players on the left wing and has become one of the best players in the league. That leaves a hole on the right wing which could be filled by Bale if head coach Jose Mourinho wished.
Current wing options include Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela and Bale would believe he can outplay these three to a starting jersey. Bergwijn has made 16 Premier League appearances and yet to score a goal, Lucas has made 20 appearances with 3 goals and Lamela has made 14 appearances and is yet to register a goal or an assist.
These numbers don’t make pretty reading for Spurs fans with the side needing a potent threat on the right wing. Gareth Bale’s experience should be enough to get him a starting spot, however, Jose Mourinho seemingly isn’t convinced despite saying he’s better than ever and that "There is not one single manager in the world that doesn't play Gareth Bale if he’s in very good condition”
If Gareth Bale can get some more minutes in the second half of the season and impress as he did in Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Burnley (where Bale scored 2 goals) Tottenham will jump at the chance to sign someone like Bale on a bargain this summer.
One thing from Real Madrid’s end which could be key for this deal to go through is how their pursuit of PSG’s Kylian Mbappe goes. Reports are that the club has hit record debt and they’d be unlikely to be able to afford the Frenchman without freeing up some funds and that would start with Gareth Bale’s bumper contract.
In the summer, Bale will have 1 year remaining on his current deal and will want to join Spurs in an effort to revive his career which has stalled for so long.